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Arizona Appeals to Supreme Court Over Immigration Law

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is so determined to have her state's controversial immigration enforcement law enacted that she's skipping the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and taking the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

It's widely assumed that was the Republican's intention all along, after a federal judge last July imposed an injunction on the most contentious provisions of the law, which includes allowing police officers to question a person's immigration status during the course of an arrest.

A three-member panel of the 9th Circuit Court upheld the lower court ruling, leaving parts of the law, known as SB 1070, in limbo.  Brewer decided she stood a better shot with the Supreme Court rather than the full appeals court, given the high court has five conservative justices who may be sympathetic to her cause.

The Justice Department will argue against the law, claiming that only the federal government can arrest and deport illegal immigrants.

Some parts of SB 1070 were allowed to go into effect, such as a provision dealing with sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants.

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