Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One Year Since SB 1070 Signed Into Law and a Long Journey for Immigrants

This article tells the story of an undocumented student and how SB1070 has affected her. - - Donna Poisl

by Valeria Fernández

PHOENIX, AZ–When Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law last April 23, Arizona was hit by a tsunami of international media attention.

My phone was ringing of the hook from radio stations in Colombia, Spain, France, Argentina and even Uruguay—my home country—wanting to know what this law was all about. In a nutshell, I would tell them that SB 1070 made it a state crime to be in Arizona without documents–and it was punishable with jail.

But SB 1070 is more complex than that. Even as a federal court injunction stopped five of its main provisions just before the law was to take effect—including the one I mentioned—other aspects of the law remain on the books.
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