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New front expected in fight over Arizona law

PHOENIX — 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 on only 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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.