The Supreme Court announced Monday it will take the case of Arizona’s tough immigration crackdown law, adding yet another contentious clash between the Obama administration and the states to its docket.

The case, which has attracted national attention, pits Arizona against theObama administration, which sued and won court orders blocking implementation of most of the law at both the district and appeals court levels. Arizona’s law spawned a host of copycat laws in other states, and most of them have likewise seen their key provisions blocked by court challenges from the administration.

In its notice, the court said Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself from the decision to take the case.  She was the administration’s solicitor general before joining the court in August 2010.

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