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March planned next week to mark 5th anniversary of signing of Arizona immigration law


PHOENIX — Immigrant rights advocates plan to hold an April 23 march to mark the fifth anniversary of then-Gov. Jan Brewer's signing of Arizona's landmark immigration enforcement law.

Organizers say the march will focus their opposition to federal deportation policies.

Many of the law's provisions have been gutted by the courts.

Still, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the law's contentious requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, question people's immigration status if they are suspected of being in the country illegally.

The law's backers argued local authorities needed to get more involved in immigration enforcement because Washington wasn't fulfilling its responsibility to secure the Arizona-Mexico border.

Since the passage of the 2010 law, the courts have generally restricted Arizona's effort to get local police to take action on illegal immigration.

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