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ATLANTA (AP) - Federal appeals court judges pressed Georgia attorneys to explain whether a new state law targeting illegal immigration interferes with federal enforcement efforts.

Georgia attorney Devon Orland told the three-judge 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel Thursday that the Georgia crackdown doesn't conflict with federal immigration measures.

She told the panel that the new law should complement federal immigration efforts, much like laws allow both state and federal prosecutors to charge suspects with drug crimes. Orland was responding to questions from Circuit Judges Bev Martin and Charles Wilson.

The panel said it wouldn't rule on the Georgia case until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a decision on an immigration law in Arizona later this year.

The Atlanta-based court is set to hear a challenge on Alabama's immigration law later Thursday.

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