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State of Fear: Arizona’s Immigrant Crackdown

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From top: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Santino Bernasconi in Front of his Community Mental health Agency, Centro de Amistad, in the town of Guadalupe; Participants in the Citizens Walk For Human Dignity, a protest walk from Tuscon to Phoenix.    Source: Andrew Stelzer

From top: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Santino Bernasconi in Front of his Community Mental health Agency, Centro de Amistad, in the town of Guadalupe; Participants in the Citizens Walk For Human Dignity, a protest walk from Tuscon to Phoenix. Source: Andrew Stelzer

In recent months, immigration raids have made headlines across the nation spreading an increased sense of fear and uncertainty in the immigrant and migrant community. It’s an alarming trend with no apparent end in sight. The state of Arizona is no exception. On this edition, Making Contact producer Andrew Stelzer brings us the story of Maricopa County where one man’s policing tactics, which many call illegal, may be paving the way for future U.S. immigration policy.

Featuring:

Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff; Phil Gordon, Phoenix Mayor; Rick Romero, Citizens Walk for Human Dignity coordinator; Santino Bernasconi, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church pastor and Centro De Amistad director;Lydia Guzman, Respect/Respeto founder; Tiffany Troidl, Creighton Elementary School Board member; Magdalena Schwartz, Iglesia Comunidad de Vida assistant pastor; Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona House of Representatives, District 15, Phoenix; Bob Sitesburg, Golden Sky construction owner; Annie Loyd, Phoenix businesswoman and The Fusion Foundation founder; Joan Kerber Walker, Arizona Small Business Association CEO; Jay Johnson Castro, Citizens Walk for Human Dignity participant; Kevin and Danielle, Phoenix residents.

Protest audio courtesy of www.barriozona.com

“In These Times” released a print version of this story. Please click below to read it.

The Selma of Immigration Rights
(In Arizona, immigrants protest Sheriff Joe’s nativist agenda)

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