DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants says he'll use a nonprofit foundation to raise money for the legal defense of an Arizona immigration law being challenged by the federal government.
Rants says defending the law could be expensive if the case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, and he wants to help pay those costs. Rants says he began his group, the Legacy Foundation, in 2008 and has been looking for a cause to work toward.
He says the immigration law fits the bill.
Under the Arizona law, police must demand proof of citizenship from anyone they think might be in the country illegally.
Rants says the legal assistance will go to two Arizona county sheriffs who are the target of lawsuits seeking to block enforcement of the new law.