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New front expected in fight over state immigration law

New front expected in fight over state immigration law

CREATED Jun 9, 2012

Web Producer: Kevin Keen

PHOENIX (AP) - An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision, which is expected to uphold the most controversial part of Arizona's immigration law, won't end disputes over whether local police can enforce immigration law.

Instead, it's likely to ignite a renewed assault on the law by its opponents.

The court is evaluating the law only on the question of whether Arizona's attempt to fix its border problems is trumped by federal law.

Opponents might then ask the courts to block enforcement of the provision in question on other grounds, such as racial profiling. The court isn't considering the possibility of profiling arising from the law because the Obama administration's lawsuit that sent the case to the court didn't challenge it on those grounds.

The administration focused on whether federal law supersedes the state law.