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Arizona’s SB 1070: The Battle for Immigrant’s Rights


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Arizona’s SB 1070 put immigration enforcement in the national spotlight. Soon after Arizona proposed the broadest and strictest immigration law in the country, activists organized mass protests and at least five other states began the process of adopting similar laws. A judge has stopped portions of 1070—for now. But the legal and ideological battles continue.

On this edition, we look at SB 1070 – the law, its intentions and effects, and how it has motivated immigrant communities to become politically active.


Marisa Franco, Right to the City National Lead Organizer; Andrea Christina Mercado, Mujeres Unidas Activas organizing director; John Bouma, attorney for the state of Arizona; Edwin Kneedler, U.S. Deputy Solicitor General; Juana Tello, People Organized to Win Employment Rights organizer; Charlotte Noss, protester; Steven Chan, protester.

For more information:

Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights
Pheonix, AZ

Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070

Border Action Network
Tucson, AZ

Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Florence, AZ

Immigration Policy Center
Washington, D.C.

Mujeres Unidas y Activas
San Francisco, CA

Pew Hispanic Center
Washington, D.C.

Right to the City
Washington, D.C.

Author: Radio Project

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