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Gov. Brewer to attend Supreme Court arguments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer plans to attend a U.S. Supreme Court hearing Wednesday in Washington for arguments on the 2006 state law that punishes employers who knowingly hire workers illegally.

Lower courts have upheld the employer sanctions law that then-Gov. Janet Napolitano signed after it was enacted by the Legislature. Business groups challenged it in court.

Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman says the governor plans to attend the hearing because she believes the case is “critically important” to Arizona due to federal failure to enforce immigration laws passed by Congress.

Brewer has previously attended federal court hearings in Phoenix and San Francisco on a different Arizona immigration-related law enacted earlier this year.

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