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Fight over illegal immigration heating up on Capitol Hill take a look at the senate judiciary subcommittee.
Holding a hearing -- senator Chuck Schumer of New York -- hearing is about Arizona's controversial immigration law which.
Requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the US illegally.
But the real showdown is coming in the Supreme Court which hears arguments on that same law tomorrow.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen live in our DC bureau with more on that Jane.
John and -- a good afternoon senator Schumer the New York Democrat who chairs the immigration subcommittee and who is running todays hearing just announced.
Moments ago that if the Supreme Court upholds Arizona's controversial immigration law.
He will introduce legislation designed to render it unconstitutional.
You're looking live at -- G fifty of the Dirksen senate office building where this hearing is being held as you noted on the eve of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on SB 1070.
This two year old Arizona law among other things require state police.
To investigate a person's immigration status if the officers suspect that person to be in the US illegally and also requires all legal immigrants to carry their immigration documents on them.
At all times Arizona governor Jan Brewer the Republican who signed SB 1070 into law.
And who has tangled with the Obama administration over it explained to Fox News this morning.
Why she declined to be a witness -- this year.
I believe I -- this.
Political move because they are scored eight collect -- boat.
But I think that we elected can't expect.
But it kind of -- -- of people agree.
Went I debilitated that they get a complete -- -- little pop.
And -- what's taking place today at this -- Of course an underprivileged but I believe the timing is that.
Clear evidence that it is political that political creator.
Senate Democrats contend the Arizona law is itself illegal because it -- what they say is explicitly a federal authority.
The defense of the nation's borders.
Immigration is not.
And never has been in -- -- area where states are able to exercise independent.
This makes sense both legally -- a matter of constitutional interpretation.
And practically is a matter of sound public policy.
Witnesses today include the author of the law former Arizona State Senate president Russell Pearce a Republican and the author of a measure to repeal a democratic state senator Steve -- art of the weak US economy has led to a decrease in illegal immigration from Mexico as well the Obama administration has deported an estimated 800000.
People Johnny -- All right James Rosen in Washington forest James thank you.
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