Groups Sue over Georgia's Immigration Law

By KATE BRUMBACK | June 2, 2011 | 1:28 PM EDT

Civil liberties groups say they've filed a lawsuit to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration.

An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said the groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking class-action status. The lawsuit names Gov. Nathan Deal and several other state officials as plaintiffs.

Part of the Georgia law being challenged authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of a suspect who cannot provide identification.

The law enforcement provision in Georgia's law is similar to a Utah law enacted this year and echoes some parts of a law in Arizona. All or parts of those laws have been blocked by federal judges.