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Mar 4, 2013 2:18 PM

Brewer loses appeal over Arizona's day labor rules

PHOENIX - An appeals court has upheld a ruling that prevents police in Arizona from enforcing part of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets.

Monday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked a loss for Gov. Jan Brewer.

Brewer had asked the appeals court to rescind a February 2012 decision by a judge who rejected Brewer's arguments that the rules were needed for traffic safety.

The governor's lawyer say day laborers congregate on roadsides in large groups, flag down vehicles and often swarm those that stop.

Groups that challenged the law argued the day labor rules unconstitutionally restrict the free speech rights of people who want to express their need for work.

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