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Arizona residents weigh in on immigration debate

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the legality of four provisions of the controversial Arizona immigration law.

The federal government is arguing that immigration is not a state issue, but Arizona officials say what's being done isn't working, so they want to take matters into their own hands.

Residents of Bullhead City, AZ, which is southwest of Las Vegas, are divided on the issue.

"It's clearly something that Arizona had to deal with," one Bullhead City resident said. "What are the feds doing? They weren't doing anything. So now Arizona steps up to the plate and says, 'We're gonna deal with this issue' and the feds are stepping in saying, 'No.' Really?"

Others feel the part of the law that allows police officers to ask for immigration papers during a traffic stop to be an instigator to profiling.

"I don't think that's fair because aren't we a country that's supposed to have rights?" one resident said. "We have to have privacy I believe, so I don't think that's correct."

UNLV law professor Michael Kagan says the high court took this case because other states are following suit and there potentially could be 50 different immigration laws.

"When they say how far can Arizona go, they'll be saying how far can all the states go, and that may shape what immigration law looks like in this country," Kagan said.

This is the last case the Supreme Court will hear this term.

A decision is expected this summer.

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