DOJ official says conversations on GA law continue

ATLANTA (AP) -- A U.S. Department of Justice official says the federal government hasn't ruled out filing a lawsuit to block Georgia's tough law targeting illegal immigration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Division Tony West on Tuesday addressed a conference in Atlanta hosted by the American Constitution Society. After his remarks he told reporters that conversations about Georgia's law are ongoing.

The federal government has sued four other states, including Alabama, in an attempt to block their illegal immigration crackdowns. Georgia's law has been challenged by a coalition of opponents.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments on challenges to Alabama and Georgia's laws next month. West says that court will address many of the issues that concern him about Georgia's law in the Alabama case.