On the same day that several groups formally challenged Arizona's new law to combat illegal immigration, Democrats in the U.S. Senate were preparing to unveil sweeping plans for overhauling the nation's immigration policy. The Arizona law makes it a crime for people illegally in the U.S. to be in the state, and the police will be able to arrest anyone suspected of violating the law. Several groups plan to challenge the statute in federal court. Meanwhile, federal lawmakers want to recruit thousands of new customs agents and create a force to help the U.S. Border Patrol, which has about 20,000 agents.
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