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-- Arizona's controversial immigration laws heading for a showdown in the Supreme Court this week.
The measure requires police to check the immigration status of anybody they stop.
If they suspect that persons in the United States illegally and that's the rub.
It also makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to work in the state or even apply for a job in the state.
The -- -- big protest calls to boycott the state of Arizona and a lawsuit from the White House.
A federal appeals court blocked key parts of it from taking effect and now the Supreme Court will get the final say.
And its ruling will reach way beyond Arizona these five other states have passed similar measures.
Which are also tied up in the courts.
-- she fox -- correspondent Jonathan Hunt is here another -- another huge case for the court went after her the arguments on that on the new health care law.
Yeah absolutely -- a major clash once again between the Obama administration and the states but this time.
It is the states -- rather -- the federal government being accused of usurping power.
The doesn't bill along to them of course Arizona's governor.
Jan Brewer has said she had to act.
-- terms of immigration policy.
Because she says the federal government was failing the state of Arizona and a statement today she said.
I have a duty and obligation to defend the people of Arizona especially when the federal government has fallen down on the job.
We -- take that common sense message to Washington and the United States supreme cold.
It is truly humbling to know we do so.
With the backing of so many of off fellow Americans that lost -- A reference to a poll had governor -- -- today showing a majority of Americans support the Arizona -- -- but legal experts are saying governor brewer has a real -- uphill battle here yeah and among those legal experts is our own judge and -- -- -- -- and the reason he says that is the case.
Is because according to him the constitution explicitly says that the federal government sets immigration policy.
And colts have consistently.
All held that philosophy here's the judge.
They can't have their own immigration law they can't have an immigration law that's more exclusive federal law.
They can't have one that's more loose -- the federal law they keep getting involved in the -- so give Arizona is to succeed here.
The Supreme Court will have to reject about 75 years of consistent rule making.
On that issue.
The Supreme Court decision expected sometime around the end of June making it one -- hot button election issue -- Jonathan thanks meantime --
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