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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 13, 2011

 A federal appeals court has refused to lift a stay that prevents major parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law from taking effect, according to the Associated Press. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down an appeal filed by Gov. Jan Brewer, in which she requested that the court lift an injunction imposed by a federal judge in Phoenix the day before the law was to take effect on July 29, 2010. Among the parts of SB 1070 the federal court blocked are the section that requires an officer to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there's reasonable suspicion they're in the country illegally, as well as the section that requires immigrants to carry their papers with them at all times. Observers such as Brian Johnson, managing director of the 398-room Loews Ventana Canyon and chairman of the Arizona Hotel Lodging Association, expect the case will now be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.