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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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