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ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia says its law targeting illegal immigration should be upheld in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a similar law enacted by Arizona.

The state made its arguments in a filing Friday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Georgia's filing says a provision of its law that is currently blocked "bears close similarity in all material respects" to a section of Arizona's law that was upheld by the high court.

The state also argued that Georgia's law has no provisions that are similar to the sections of the Arizona law that were struck down.

Friday is the deadline for lawyers involved in federal appeals court cases challenging Georgia and Alabama's immigration laws to submit new briefs based on the Supreme Court ruling.

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