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Hearing set in challenge to Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX — A judge presiding over challenges to Arizona’s immigration
enforcement law will hear arguments Monday over a request by the law’s opponents
for class-action status in their lawsuit that seeks to overturn the law.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Tuesday dismissed a request by Gov. Jan
Brewer’s lawyers to dismiss the class-action allegations.

The opponents are seeking class-action status for people whose immigration
status was questioned because of their race and people discouraged from
traveling with immigrants in Arizona because of the law.

In July 2010, Bolton prohibited police from enforcing the law’s most
controversial sections.

The governor has appealed Bolton’s 2010 ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A decision is expected in late June.