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Brewer seeks dismissal of feds’ challenge to law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, right, speaks after a hearing she attended, as John Bouma, left, the attorney for the state of Arizona in the lawsuit brought by the federal government regarding the SB1070 Arizona immigration law, stands behind the governor in front of U.S. District Court Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Phoenix. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is holding multiple hearings on whether the new Arizona immigration law should take effect on July 29. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, right, speaks after a hearing she attended, as John Bouma, left, the attorney for the state of Arizona in the lawsuit brought by the federal government regarding the SB1070 Arizona immigration law, stands behind the governor in front of U.S. District Court Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Phoenix. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is holding multiple hearings on whether the new Arizona immigration law should take effect on July 29. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer have asked a judge to throw out the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law.

The governor’s lawyers said Monday the federal government hasn’t shown it has suffered actual harm from the law and instead bases its claim on speculation.

The federal government says the state law is trumped by federal law and that it has hurt U.S. relations with Mexico. It is scheduled to take effect Thursday.

Attorneys for Brewer say Mexico’s disapproval of the law doesn’t make it unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is considering requests by the Justice Department, a Phoenix police officer and civil rights groups to put the law on hold.

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