By The Associated Press

Two of Arizona's most prominent advocates for tougher border enforcement are seeking financial contributions to counter potential legislation that would prevent states and cities from enforcing immigration laws.

A solicitation by former Arizona Senate president Russell Pearce and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, both Republicans, on behalf of an anti-illegal immigration group seeks donations to oppose legislation that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has promised to pursue if Arizona's 2010 immigration law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pearce says the pitch is no different than those made regularly by politicians and that contributions are needed to oppose soft immigration policies.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican who signed the immigration law, has regularly solicited private contributions toward legal costs of defending the state's immigration laws and building a border fence.