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PHOENIX -- Former Arizona legislator Ben Miranda, a leader in the Legislature's Latino caucus and an outspoken opponent of state immigration laws, has died. He was 64.

House Speaker Andy Tobin says in an email to lawmakers that Miranda died Friday and that the cause of death was unknown.

Miranda served in the Arizona House from 2003 through 2010.

During his tenure, illegal immigration became a pressing political issue as some lawmakers argued state action was required because the federal government hadn't done an inadequate job of policing the country's borders.

Miranda frequently argued that the state didn't have the manpower to take on immigration enforcement and that doing so would result in racial profiling of Latinos.

Miranda's wife, Catherine Miranda, now holds the House seat that her husband used to hold.

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