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— A judge considering whether Arizona's new immigration law should take effect next week says she's required to consider blocking only parts of it, not the entire statute.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said in court Thursday there appears to be little or no controversy about some parts of the legislation.

Bolton also noted that the law itself has a section allowing parts to still take effect even if other parts are struck down.

Most of the controversy about the law centers on provisions related to stops and arrests of people, new crimes related to illegal immigrants, and a requirement that immigrants carry and produce their immigration papers.

Other parts of the law getting little attention deal with impoundment of vehicles and sanctions against employment of illegal immigrants.

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Some 30 protesters stood in a circle and prayed outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix before a hearing to determine if Arizona's immigration law should take effect next week.

A federal judge will hear arguments from lawyers for Arizona's governor, the federal government and civil rights groups over whether the state's new immigration law ought to be put on hold.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton will consider a request by the U.S. Justice Department to block enforcement of the law. She also will hear arguments in a challenge by civil rights groups.

The law requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to check a person's immigration status if there's a reasonable suspicion that they are here illegally.

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