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Judge hears arguments on Arizona's new immigration law

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PHOENIX (WKOW) -- A federal judge is hearing arguments over whether Arizona's new immigration law should take effect on July 29.

The U.S. District Judge in Phoenix is also considering arguments over Gov. Jan Brewer's request to dismiss the challenge filed by Phoenix police Officer David Salgado and the statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa.

Hearings on six other suits seeking to have the law thrown out are set for next week. One was filed by the federal government.

The law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

The large courtroom was packed with more than 100 spectators as the hearing began.

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