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Arizona Governor Ready for Immigration Court Fight

Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill SB1070 dealing with illegal immigration during a news conference at the Arizona Department of Transportation in Phoenix on Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)
Gov. Jan Brewer signed the immigration bill back in April. AP Photo/The Arizona Republic

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is still defending her state's controversial new immigration law, and said last night that she is prepared to face any legal charges brought up against it.

"We'll meet you in court," Brewer told CNN's John King when asked what she would do if the Justice Department decided to file suit against the law. She added, "I have a pretty good record in court."

Although several lawsuits have been filed against the law, including one organized by major civil rights groups, the Obama administration has not formally filed any challenges to the law.

In a press conference last month with Mexico's president Felipe Calderon, President Obama called the law "misdirected" and said it was being reviewed by the Justice Department, but refrained from saying whether a suit would be made against it.

But last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with various Arizona officials and members of law enforcement about the law, indicating perhaps that the federal government is preparing to take legal action.

The Arizona measure, which was signed into law last month and goes into effect in July, would require immigrants in Arizona to carry documents verifying their immigration status. It also requires police officers to question a person about his or her immigration status during a "lawful stop" if there is "reasonable suspicion" that person may be in the country illegally.

Brewer is scheduled to meet with Mr. Obama Thursday to discuss the immigration law, according to the Associated Press. On CNN, she expressed her appreciation for getting a chance to speak with the president, and said that this was an important step. "Mr. President, we need our border security, how can we work together to get it done," she asked, "We need your help... We need it now."

But when asked whether she would consider delaying the implementation of the law if asked by the president, she refused.

"I think the people of Arizona, certainly people throughout America, agree that it is the right thing to do," she said. "We need to move forward."

While many vocal opponents have organized protests and called for boycotts against the state over the law, a recent CBS News poll shows that most Americans support it.

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