Missouri sheriffs support immigration laws

Missouri sheriffs are giving their support to law officers in states along the Mexican border seeking to enforce immigration laws.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association this week approved a resolution backing states that have approved their own legislation on immigration enforcement.

The resolution specifically mentions Arizona, where part of a new law on the subject has been blocked by a federal judge.

The Missouri sheriffs group said Wednesday the resolution was approved by more than 100 members at its annual meeting, with no votes in opposition.

Critics of some states' laws contend the federal government should handle immigration enforcement.

Some also have objected to Arizona's law over concerns that it could lead to racial profiling.