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Group’s bid to join immigration lawsuit is denied

A federal judge has denied a request by the Arizona Latino Republican Association to become a party to the federal government’s challenge to the state’s new immigration law.

The 230-member group asked the court to let it join Gov. Jan Brewer in defending the law against the challenge by the U.S. Justice Department.

The group made its request a week before U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put the law’s most controversial portions on hold.

One of the group’s arguments was that members were concerned that their interests may not be adequately represented by those defending the law.

Bolton rejected that argument and ruled Tuesday that the group didn’t show inadequate representation by Brewer’s lawyers.

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