Judge delays hearing over RI immigration crackdown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A court hearing has been delayed for a lawsuit challenging Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri's ability to require private employers to electronically check the immigration status of new hires.

A court spokesman said Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer will hear from both sides Tuesday morning. The hearing was originally set for Monday.

The state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit last week challenging an executive order that Carcieri signed in March to crack down on illegal immigrants.

One provision requires companies doing business with the state to check the immigration status of new hires using a federal database called E-Verify. The ACLU argues that provision is unconstitutional.

A Carcieri spokeswoman has said the governor has the authority to enforce the order.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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