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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 10, 2011

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced yesterday, May 9, that she will immediately petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an injunction blocking major parts of SB 1070, the state's controversial immigration law. "When faced with injustice, Arizonans will not sit idly, we will act," said the governor in support of the law. Last year, shortly after SB 1070 passed the Arizona Legislature, a federal judge's order blocked key parts of the law from taking effect, including a requirement that state and local police enforcing other laws question people about their immigration status if they have reason to suspect that they are in the country illegally. The injunction was upheld last month by a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit, leading to Brewer's decision to petition the nation's highest court to allow SB 1070 to be fully enacted. Sources estimate the state has lost at least $10 million in meetings and tourism revenue since the law's passage last spring.