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                                                                       is here to stay, at least in some form, a federal judge
  Arizona immigration                                                  said Thursday in Phoenix.

  law won't be                                                         U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, who is presiding
                                                                       over the federal government's lawsuit against
  completely blocked,                                                  Arizona over the legislation, said she has no
                                                                       intention of blocking the entire law, though she did
  federal judges                                                       not deliver a ruling on the closely watched case.

  indicates during gov't                                               Bolton did, however, say parts of the 14 sections
                                                                       the law could be removed, the Arizona Republic

  lawsuit                                                              reported.

                                                                       Arizona's law, Senate Bill 1070, gives police the
  BY Sean Alfano                                                       ability to question a suspect's immigration status if
  DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER                                              there is "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in
                                                                       the U.S. illegally.
  Friday, July 23rd 2010, 8:40 AM
                                                                       The state's governor, Jan Brewer, signed the law in
                                                                       April and it is scheduled to take effect July 29.

                                                                       There is no indication whether Bolton will issue a
                                                                       ruling before next Thursday.

                                                                       In a jam-packed courthouse, Bolton pressed the
                                                                       Justice Department's attorney, Edwin Kneedler, to
                                                                       explain why the state could not enforce its own,
                                                                       strict laws on illegal immigration.

                                                                       "Why can't Arizona be as inhospitable as they wish
                                                                       to people who have entered the United States
                                                                       illegally?" Bolton, an appointee of President Bill
                                                                       Clinton, asked.

                                                                       The judge also spent time pointing out the realities
                                                                       Arizona faces on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  Franklin/APDemonstrators block the street to protest
  Arizona anti-illegal immigration law in front of U.S.
  District Court July 22, 2010, in Phoenix.                            "You can barely go a day without a location being
                                                                       found in Phoenix where there are numerous people
  Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law                 being harbored," she said. "Who am I to stop the
                                                                       state of Arizona?"

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  Kneedler explained that Arizona's law would burden
  federal agencies with more cases than it could

  Critics say the law will lead to rampant racial
  profiling of Latinos and some police chiefs in the
  state worry resources and community relations will
  suffer if the law is enforced.

  The state's attorney, John Bouma, countered that
  American citizens don't have an "immigration status"
  and therefore, shouldn't worry about the new law.

  Bolton, though, questioned the "reasonable
  suspicion" phrase in the law, saying police did not
  have a clear idea how they should enforce SB 1070.

  "(Police) training materials specifically acknowledge
  that they don't know what it means and that it will be
  left up to each agency to decide what that sentence

  Bolton also heard arguments from the American Civil
  Liberties Union Thursday. Including the Justice
  Department case, there are seven lawsuits pending
  against Arizona.

  With News Wire Services

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