Pleading Their Case

Monday, November 1, 2010 - 5:49pm

Attorneys argue over Arizona's controversial immigration law.

Lawyers representing the state of Arizona are in a federal courtroom in San Francisco today, appealing a ruling that struck down its controversial immigration law.

In July a judge blocked portions of Arizona's new immigration law that require police to ask for immigration papers, let officers make warrantless stops of suspected illegal immigrants and requires immigrants to carry their papers.

That didn't keep law enforcement from rounding up suspected undocumented immigrants.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from both sides, the State of Arizona and the federal government which sued over the law.

Ten other states are considering similar tough immigration laws.

There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Legal experts predict the Supreme Court will ultimately decide the boundaries of border laws.

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