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PHOENIX (Reuters) – Civil and immigrant rights activists on Friday appealed a federal court decision allowing a controversial Arizona “show-your-papers” immigration provision upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court from taking effect.

The appeal, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, was filed eight days after U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton denied a request to block the “show-your-papers” provision of the Arizona law, known as S.B. 1070, from going into effect later this month.

The coalition, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal and Educational Defense Fund, also asked the appellate court to suspend the provision for the duration of its appeal.

The provision requires police to verify the citizenship or immigration status of people arrested, stopped or detained if there is a reasonable suspicion that they are in the country unlawfully.

In June, the Supreme Court confirmed that three other key provisions of S.B. 1070 were unconstitutional, but declined to block the “show me your papers” provision. Several other parts of SB 1070 are blocked by separate injunctions issued by the district court.

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer, a major White House foe in the battle over illegal immigration, signed the state crackdown on illegal immigrants into law in April 2010, complaining that the federal government had failed to secure the state’s border with Mexico.

The administration of President Barack Obama challenged Arizona’s tough immigration law in court two years ago, saying the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government sole authority over immigration policy.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Tom Brown and Eric Walsh)

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