Tuesday, October 4 2011 1:32 PM EDT2011-10-04 17:32:56 GMT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Alabama's controversial new immigration law is less than a week old and officials say they've already made their first arrest for its violation.
A man identified as Yemeni national was arrested after he could produce no immigration papers. The 24-year-old, Mohamed Ali Muflahi, was taken into custody in Etowah County during a drug raid Friday.
The Gadsden Times newspaper reported that the Sheriff's Office also seized illegal weapons and other items deemed dangerous.
After learning of the arrest, several Alabama state senators drafted a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding the Justice Department drop its legal challenges to the state's immigration law.
The letter was set to be released to the media Tuesday morning, but the news conference was cancelled for unspecified reasons. The letter requests that Holder launch an investigation into how a citizen of Yemen settled in Alabama without detection or documentation.
Yemen is "a growing hotbed of Islamic radicalism and an operating base for the al-Qaeda terrorist network," state senator Bryan Taylor's office said.