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Updated Jan 6, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Judge allows access to emails about Ariz's SB1070

PHOENIX -- Two immigration reform groups want a federal judge to reconsider a decision to allow opponents of Arizona's immigration law access to letters, emails and memos between lawmakers and the bill's supporters.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton last month rejected an argument that the communications were confidential but hasn't set a deadline for turning them over.

Challengers also want to see similar correspondence between Arizona legislators and SB1070 supporters that led to the creation of earlier immigration measures in the state Legislature in 2008 through 2010.

Opponents say they want to see if the messages contain any racial overtones.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law in 2010. It contained several measures intended to give local law enforcement more power to detain people who were in the country illegally.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down sections of the law in 2012, including the requirement that immigrants obtain or carry immigration registration papers.

Attorneys for the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Immigration Reform Law Institute filed a motion Dec. 26 for Bolton to reconsider her order, which applies to emails, letters and memos from the two groups to legislators and also replies.

Plaintiffs issued subpoenas for ``all communications'' between the two groups and ``any Arizona state official'' since Jan. 1, 2005, that contained the terms ``immigrant,'' ``illegals,'' ``undocumented,'' ``day laborer,'' ``Hispanic,'' ``Mexican'' and others.

Bolton said there's nothing in the law ``that protects from public view communications with public officials in their official capacity about a matter of public concern.''

``Indeed, Arizona law makes all such communications available to the public under its freedom of information law,'' Bolton wrote in her Dec. 11 ruling.

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