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Appeal court: La. immigrant ID law oversteps feds

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state appeal court in Louisiana says a state law unconstitutionally pre-empts federal law by requiring drivers from other countries to prove they are in the United States legally.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles overturned the conviction and sentence of a Honduran man stopped in Lafayette Parish. After three months in jail, he pleaded no contest to violating the law but reserved the right to appeal.

The decision Wednesday cited last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling against an Arizona immigration law that had similar provisions.

The court record does not state whether the man was in the country legally, only that he was "involved in the immigration process" when arrested.

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