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Judge stops major parts of S1070 from taking effect

Opponents of S1070 are viewing a federal judge’s injunction as a death knell for the state’s strict illegal immigration law. Supporters of the law, meanwhile, are hoping U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling will be overturned as it works its way through the appeals process.

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Demonstrators engage in passionate debate

For Irene Chavez, a retired teacher from Fountain Hills, the battle against Arizona’s new immigration law is the new front of the civil rights movement. “We stepped back into the 1960s,” she told the Arizona Capitol Times outside the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

Inside, a judge heard arguments for and against S1070.

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