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How will SB 1070 ruling impact November's election?

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The Supreme Court has basically told Congress to come up with a plan for immigration reform.  The November election is right around the corner, which means the people who could create that plan are vying for your vote.

Political consultant Stan Barnes said since both sides think they won, he doubts immigration reform is going to be an election issue this fall in Arizona.

"Surprise to everybody because we all thought it was going to be a very big deal this coming November, but the way the court split it each side has a legitimate reason to say, 'We won,' and with that effect people are going to drop it and we're going to move on to the economy and other things that we can get excited about," Barnes said.

Barnes said he expects November's election will be a deciding factor in how our country handles illegal immigration.

The United States hasn't seen substantive immigration reform since the Reagan Administration.

"I think the moment when something may be done on illegal immigration in the United States is the beginning of the next president's term, be it President Obama or President Romney. That's the moment when the president has the most political power, it's the moment when controversial things can get done," Barnes said.

Barnes said if Republicans can hold the House and gain enough ground in the Senate we might see some action.

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