PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - The arguments have ended. Now opponents and supporters of SB 1070, Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration, can only wait to see what federal judge Susan Bolton will decide.
The afternoon hearing dealt exclusively with the federal government's lawsuit, which challenges SB 1070 on the grounds that it interferes with federal authority. The scene inside the Federal Courthouse Thursday afternoon was not as heated as expected. Just Susan Bolton tightly controlled the proceedings.
The judge immediately raised questions about SB 1070's provision for the mandatory arrest and detention of people suspected to be in the country illegally. As expected, Department of Justice lead attorney Edwin Kneedler argued that SB 1070 violates the U.S. Constitution's "supremacy clause," which gives the federal government exclusive authority to regulate immigr
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