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Legislature’s appetite for immigration bills wanes

In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, Protestors gather around Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, Arizona's immigration bill SB1070 author,  outside the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse in Phoenix. Protestors gathered to voice opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to counter sue the federal government for failing to enforce immigration laws. Illegal immigration fell to secondary status for lawmakers ? against the wishes of some ? a year after Arizona enacted its controversial law known as SB1070. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, Protestors gather around Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, Arizona's immigration bill SB1070 author, outside the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse in Phoenix. Protestors gathered to voice opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to counter sue the federal government for failing to enforce immigration laws. Illegal immigration fell to secondary status for lawmakers ? against the wishes of some ? a year after Arizona enacted its controversial law known as SB1070. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The Arizona Legislature’s appetite for confronting border woes has waned considerably from a year ago when lawmakers passed the nation’s toughest local immigration enforcement law.

Business leaders rallied this year against legislation that they said would hurt the state’s struggling economy.

Many advocates for tougher enforcement thought that the passage of last year’s law gave them momentum to again push the bounds on what communities can do about cracking down on illegal immigration.

But the economic boycotts that came after the passage of the enforcement law cast a dark cloud over border bills considered by lawmakers this year.

The bill, SB1070, turns a year old on Saturday.

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