Hearing starts over Ariz. illegal immigration law

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by Paul Elias / Associated Press Writer

azfamily.com

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 1 at 4:45 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Arizona's controversial new immigration law is being questioned by a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday began hearing arguments from lawyers representing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who appealed a lower-court ruling putting parts of the law on hold.

The central theme Monday was what role local authorities can play in regulating immigration, an area largely left to the federal government to enforce.

Brewer is attending the hearing in San Francisco, which began with tough questioning of her lawyers over previous appellate ruling that rejected state regulation of illegal immigration.

When the law passed and was signed by Brewer on April 23, it touched off a national furor. Brewer faces re-election Tuesday.

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