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Immigrant Group Sues Arizona for Millions

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Immigrant Group Sues Arizona for Millions

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Immigrant Group Sues Arizona for Millions

Immigrant Group Sues Arizona for Millions

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An Illinois immigrant rights group is suing the Arizona Attorney General, accusing him of illegally seizing millions of dollars in money transfers sent to Arizona and Mexico by thousands of people in 26 states.

The group charges that Arizona, in using blanket warrants to seize large sums of money it suspects of being laundered by Mexican smugglers, is also snagging money sent legally by family member for medications, car repairs, rent payments and other needs back home.

The suit alleges that the immigrants are being treated like criminals and their money is being illegally intercepted. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an ongoing court battle between Arizona and Western Union over money transfers.

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