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Civil rights groups make another bid to block part of SB1070

Civil rights groups make another bid to block part of Arizona's SB1070 immigration law

Joshua Montano, left, and Francisco Luna protest in front of the Capitol the day after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, in an executive order reaffirming Arizona state law denying young illegal immigrants driver's licenses and other public benefits on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Phoenix. Brewer's order issued Wednesday says she's reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants. Young illegal immigrants could start applying Wednesday with the federal government for work permits under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program defers deportations for young illegal immigrants if they meet certain criteria. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Civil rights groups have asked a federal appeals court to prevent the most contentious part of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect.

The coalition is appealing a ruling that sunk their earlier bid to bar Arizona’s police from enforcing the provision.

The opponents asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday for an order preventing police from enforcing a requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

Police have been barred from enforcing the requirement since July 2010.

But a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June upheld the provision and cleared the way for officers to enforce it.

A lower-court judge last week rejected a bid by the opponents to block the provision.

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