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Brewer and Horne to make announcement on immigration law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne plan to make an announcement Thursday about the state’s efforts to defend its controversial immigration enforcement law.

The offices of Brewer and Horne declined to provide any other details.

Brewer signed into law Monday a bill that would let legislative leaders participate in efforts to defend the enforcement law against court challenges.

Brewer and Horne are participating in defending the law.

The enforcement law’s chief sponsor, Senate President Russell Pearce, had requested to be a party in the state’s appeal of a ruling that put parts of the law on hold, arguing he has a unique interest in making sure the law’s objectives are defended and is concerned the state doesn’t adequately represent his interests.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Pearce’s request should be treated as a friend-of-the-court brief.

The law was passed amid years of complaints that the federal government hasn’t done enough to lessen the state’s role as the nation’s busiest illegal entry point. Its passage ignited protests over whether the law would lead to racial profiling and prompted lawsuits by the U.S. Justice Department, civil rights groups and other opponents seeking to throw out the law.

Less than a day before the law was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked key provisions, such as a requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, to question people’s immigration status if there is a reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally. But she let other portions take effect, including a ban on obstructing traffic while seeking or offering day-labor services on public streets.

Brewer appealed the decision to the appeals court in San Francisco, arguing that Bolton erred by accepting speculation by the federal government that the law might burden legal immigrants and concluding that the federal government will likely prevail.

The Justice Department argued the ruling should be upheld because the law interferes with the federal government’s exclusive power to regulate immigration, disrupts the United States’ relations with Mexico and wrongly burdens legal immigrants.

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