Gordon was hoping to file a lawsuit to stop the law requiring local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.
After failing to gather enough support from City Council members, Gordon had claimed he could file a lawsuit without their approval.
But the legal opinion by City Attorney Gary Verburg said only the City Council has the power to authorize lawsuits.
"I just don't think we should be dragging the city of Phoenix and the taxpayers into this when they say they don't want us to file a lawsuit," said Sal DiCiccio, a City Council member who supports the law.
Gerardo Higginson, a spokesman for Gordon, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment late in the day.
Four lawsuits challenging the law were filed last week by the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, a Washington-based researcher who plans to visit Arizona and two police officers, one from Phoenix and the other from Tucson.
The officers filed the lawsuit as individuals and weren't challenging the law on behalf of their employers.
Meanwhile, a delegation of local officials from Arizona planned to meet Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with a representative of he U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division to discuss the impact that law will have on the Latino community.
Arizonans who plan to attend include Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and the Rev. Saul Montiel of Epworth United Methodist Church in Phoenix.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government may go to court to challenge the new law.
Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president at Service Employees International Union, said the Arizona delegation asked for the meeting to convey a sense of urgency about the need for legal action.
State lawmakers who pushed for the new law had cited the fatal shooting of a cattle rancher near the Arizona-Mexico as evidence that border security must be strengthened.
A law enforcement official said Monday that a man suspected of killing rancher Robert Krentz more than a month ago was a Mexican who was recently in the U.S.
The official said it's not known if the suspect was still in the U.S. and noted the person who killed rancher Robert Krentz more than a month ago wasn't believed to be a U.S. citizen. The official works for an agency that isn't leading the investigation and requested anonymity.
Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the investigation, declined to confirm the account.
Krentz was on his all-terrain vehicle checking water lines and fencing when he was shot March 27 on his 35,000-acre ranch northeast of Douglas, Ariz. The wounded rancher managed to speed away before he lost consciousness and died.
At a congressional hearing last month, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever said the rancher was believed to have been killed by an illegal immigrant who was headed to Mexico and worked as a scout for drug smugglers.
Scouts generally serve as mountaintop lookouts for drug smugglers, instructing the drivers for smuggling rings to pull over and hide when authorities are nearby.
What is behind Arizona's new immigration law
Written by Peter Stern
Monday, 03 May 201
The misconception about the new immigration legislation signed by the governor is that Arizona is only being racist against illegal immigrants. The problems relating to illegal immigration have been diverted to state government by the federal government who continues to refuse to resolve the long-time issue.
While there often is a case to view immigration issues as racial, the impact of illegal immigrants on our society must be resolved sooner rather than later. Since the federal government, our President and Congress, refuses to deal with the illegal immigration issues and initiate intelligent and long-needed updating and modification our total immigration laws and policy, the Governor of Arizona felt she needed to do something that would force the federal government to be placed on the hot seat.
Already the new Arizona legislation is sparking interest and anger in the state and across the nation. Arizona had become the poster state for immigration reform. Each county in the state of Arizona may determine how severe it will enforce and administer the new legislation on illegal immigration. Hundreds of activists and civil rights groups will head to Arizona to be heard. Hundreds of illegal immigrants in Arizona on standing up for their rights while hundreds more are leaving the state to take up residence and work in other nearby states.
The illegal immigrant legislation already is doing what the governor intended it to do, which is to generate interest, outrage and anger about the legislation to move the issue upfront across the nation and especially to place intensified pressure on the President and Congress to do legislatively what should have been done generations ago.
In truth there are 30 million illegal immigrants living and working in the United States. The term "illegal" conveys that the immigrants did not follow the immigration laws of the U.S. and they are living here illegally. If you do something illegally, against the community laws, you are considered to be a criminal. Legal and illegal immigrants across the contiguous United States want law enforcement to look the other way. They want the U.S. to provide amnesty to all of the 30 million illegal immigrants.
The issue of illegal immigration is not an easy one to resolve. It will affect more than just the 30 million illegal immigrants. It will affect their families who live here legally or illegally. It affect all American citizens because it affects our lives and our economy. While illegal immigrants have come here for a better life, they still are here illegally under the current immigration laws. The immigrants who are fighting for amnesty want us simply to overlook the immigration laws, the laws governing illegal immigration law enforcement and to continue to provide illegal residents with the same life, rights, jobs, education, health care, etc., that we do for legal immigrants and for our own citizens.
The illegal immigrant issue returns to the oversight and determination of our federal government because Arizona has approved new legislation that offends many, but it places the responsibility backon the federal government for resolution in a powerful way. The President and Congress need to stop shirking their responsibility and to determine how to deal with the 30 million illegals living and working in the U.S. and whether we need to upgrade, modify and hopefully improve our immigration policy, laws and enforcement. The government also needs to figure out what to do with the 30 million illegal immigrant and to determine what is in the best interest of all Americans, not just for the special interest sectors.*******
Arizona passes tough illegal immigration law
Tim Gaynor and David Schwartz
Mon, Apr 19, 2010
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona lawmakers passed a controversial immigration bill on Monday requiring police in the state that borders Mexico to determine if people are in the United States illegally, a measure critics say is open to racial profiling.
Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the bill, widely regarded as the toughest measure yet taken by any U.S. state to curb illegal immigration.
The state's House of Representatives approved the measure last week. Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has five days to veto the bill or sign it into law.
Immigration is a bitterly fought issue in the United States, where some 10.8 million illegal immigrants live and work in the shadows, although it has been eclipsed in recent months by a healthcare overhaul and concern over the economy.
The law requires state and local police to determine the status of people if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are illegal immigrants and to arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally.
It also makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street.
"I believe handcuffs are a wonderful tool when they're on the right people," said Russell Pearce, the Republican state senator who wrote the bill.
We want to "get them off law enforcement and get them on the bad guys," he told Reuters.
Opponents of the Arizona law, some of whom held a vigil outside Brewer's home on Monday to urge her to veto the measure, say it is unconstitutional and would discriminate against Latinos.
"You cannot tell if a person walking on a sidewalk is undocumented or not ... (so) this is a mandate for racial profiling," said Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
Alvarado said his group would call on the federal government to intervene and was considering legal action to overturn the bill.*******