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Obama Immigration Victory Adds to Pressure for Federal Action

The Obama administration won the first round in its fight to stop Arizona and potentially more than a dozen other states from cracking down on illegal immigration. The battle ahead may prove more treacherous.

A federal trial judge’s ruling this week blocking Arizona’s new law sets up a legal and political gauntlet for the administration over the coming months. The Justice Department, which sued to challenge the law, ultimately may have to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court that the state intruded too far into the traditionally federal sphere of immigration policy.