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Federal law trumps portions of Ariz. immigration statute

Provisions of an Arizona state law governing registration, employment and state criminalization of illegal aliens are preempted by the federal government’s broad regulatory power over immigration and alien status, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But a provision of the law authorizing police to check the immigration status of detained individuals should not have been enjoined before state courts had an opportunity to construe it, the Court held.


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