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On April 25, 2012, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Arizona v. United States. On June 25, 2012, the Court decided the legal fate of Arizona's highly controversial immigration laws, more commonly referred to as SB 1070. The Court ruled that three sections of the law intruded upon the authority of the federal government, while the most controversial provision was upheld. The Arizona law caused nationwide controversy that implicated areas of international relations and public policy and underscored tensions between state and federal governments. While the decision will have an immediate effect on only the Arizona legislation, it will serve as a flashpoint for the modern debate over immigration regulation in the US. A lack of comprehensive federal reform prompted many states, including Arizona, to pass legislation that purports to enforce federal immigration law. Such laws sought to grant state law enforcement officials expanded powers

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6/28/2013: Federal appeals court affirmed city law denying housing to undocumented immigrants

6/27/2013: US Senate approved immigration reform bill

6/18/2013: Ninth Circuit upheld Arizona law denying bail for undocumented immigrants

6/10/2013: ACLU challenged Nebraska order denying driver's licenses to certain immigrants

6/6/2013: Arizona judge refused to reconsider order denying driver's licenses to immigrants

5/30/2013: ACLU challenged US deportation practices

5/30/2013: Connecticut senate approved driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants

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