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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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Brewer lauded by the right, jeered by the left (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer’s newfound celebrity status is stirring as much controversy nationwide as it is in Arizona, with Republicans lauding her as a symbol of resistance to an overreaching federal government and Democrats presenting her as an example of the hysteria and hyperbole surrounding the illegal immigration debate.

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Civil rights hearing concludes with no ruling

A judge has concluded the first of two hearings today on whether Arizona's new immigration law should take effect next week amid a flurry of legal challenges against the crackdown. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton did not rule at the end of a morning hearing on one of seven lawsuits filed against Arizona over a law that has reignited the national immigration debate.

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