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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:38 am

The U.S. Supreme heard arguments over Arizona’s controversial immigration bill on Wednesday.

Attorneys were questioned over SB 1070 passed by the Arizona Legislature two years ago.

Standing on the steps at the Nation’s Capitol, Gov. Jan Brewer said she is confident the state law will be deemed constitutions.

"Today, more than two years after I signed SB 1070 into law, the State of Arizona had its opportunity to defend this measure before the United States Supreme Court,” said Brewer. “Many people never gave us a chance to get this far, and it is only due to the continuing support and encouragement of the American people that it was possible.

The U.S. Supreme court isn’t expected to hand down an official ruling until June, or even later.

"On the day I signed SB 1070, I called it ‘another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix.’ Those words still hold true – as I was reminded last week when I returned to the border to visit law enforcement and ranchers who live and work in southeastern Arizona,” Brewer said.

While Arizona claims the SB 1070 would create much-needed tougher stance on illegal immigration, the federal government claims it is anit-Hispanic and should be viewed as unconstitutional.

A controversial part of the bill is the “papers please” policy, which would allow the state’s law enforcement to request proof of citizenship during suspect traffic stops.

Analsysts say based on questions and comments posed by the Supreme Court judges, the ruling could very well go in Arizona’s favor on the “paper’s please” portion of SB 1070.

However, judges seemed more skeptical of the sanctions the Arizona law would have on violators.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the case after the Arizona 9th District Court of Appeals ruled portions of it as unconstitutional.

While arguments continued in the courtroom, protests continued outside.

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