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SCOTUS to rule on AZ immigration law

The Supreme Court will soon rule on Arizona's controversial immigration law. (Source: CNN) The Supreme Court will soon rule on Arizona's controversial immigration law. (Source: CNN)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has called illegal immigration a national problem. (Source: CNN) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has called illegal immigration a national problem. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON (RNN) - The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona's controversial immigration law.

In total, the court will review four portions of the law enjoined by a federal appeals court in April.

[Click here to view the Ninth Circuit's ruling.]

One of those provisions requires police to determine the immigration status of the individuals they detain.

Justice Elena Kagan, former solicitor in the Obama administration, recused herself from the decision to grant the writ of certiorari in the case.

[Click here to view the Supreme Court's order list.]

Speculation of Monday morning's announcement began after the court considered Arizona v. U.S. during its Friday conference, according to media outlets.

Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer set a tidal wave in motion when she signed the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," also known as S.B. 1070, into law on April 23, 2010.

Similar laws have since been passed in Utah, Alabama and South Carolina. Each has been challenged by the Obama administration.

Brewer has accused the federal government of not properly enforcing the nation's immigration laws.

The Obama administration says S.B. 1070 preempts the powers of the federal government.

[Click here to read Arizona's immigration law.]

According the Associated Press, the court will hear oral arguments in late April.

It will join another politically contentious issue on the court's upcoming calendar: President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Both rulings could have a profound effect on voters when they are handed down during the heat of the 2012 presidential race.

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