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(story reported by Ronald J. Hansen, Sean Holstege, and Daniel Gonzalez)
Regardless of how Arizona's new immigration law eventually fares in court, many Arizonans say the heated debate it has generated exposes a deeper problem with racial discrimination here, an Arizona Republic poll indicates.
Those views were reflected in the recent protests surrounding preparations to enforce Senate Bill 1070 and a federal judge's ruling on Wednesday that put key parts of the law on hold.
On the state Capitol lawn last week, protesters set up a papier-mache figure with an angry face, a badge reading "Worst sheriff" and a swastika-dotted sign saying "Open season, now, human beings." Readers of news websites pointed to reports of hate messages, some with racial slurs, posted online or sent to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's office as evidence of racism.
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