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SB 1070 supporters have their day in Phoenix


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A sign at a pro-SB 1070 rally Saturday in Phoenix

As demonstrations by opponents of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law wound down and out-of-town protesters began leaving, supporters of the measure took to the state Capitol for a rally Saturday and a vigil Friday night.

The battle over the measure, portions of which were implemented Thursday, will now continue in court: The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has set a November hearing date for the state's appeal to a federal judge's ruling last Wednesday that blocked the most controversial parts of the law, including a requirement that local law enforcement attempt to determine the immigration status of people stopped or detained if there is "reasonable suspicion" they are in the country illegally. The state has asked the court to lift the judge's injunction blocking this and other parts of the law. Reuters reports that the appeals court has set an August 26 date for the state's opening brief.

Several large protests by opponents of SB 1070, who have condemned it as encouraging racial profiling, took place Thursday in downtown Phoenix, and a few smaller demonstrations by opponents have occurred since. About 80 demonstrators have been arrested since the protests began, according this story in the Arizona Republic.