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Building Bridges Radio: Arizona: Anti-Immigrant Testing Ground

Arizona, the Anti-Immigrant Testing Ground

with Isabel Garcia, Director, Pima County Legal Defender’s Office and Co-chair, Coalition de Derechos Humanos, Arizona

While a federal judge blocked key controversial provisions of Arizona’s new immigration legislation, one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws ever passed in the United States still went into effect on July 29 in that state and the injunction imposed on part of the legislation will be appealed. Eighteen other states are poised to enact similar legislation – pending the outcome of the Arizona litigation. We’ll head to Arizona to analyze the confluence of the immigration, military, border, and economic policies that has made it the country’s primary laboratory for implementing draconian immigration policies.



Boycott Arizona

The Urban Nomad covers the first press conference of the Sound Strike movement, led by Zack De La Rocha and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. They are organizing a large group of musicians, from Kanye West, to NIN to boycott playing in Arizona, in defiance of their newly enacted immigration law, SB1070. And, in protest of AZ anti-immigrant law, Outernational featuring Tom Morello & Cuéntame have produced a moving version of Woody Guthrie’s song “Deportee” that highlights the struggles and lives of migrants and "deportees" across the country today.


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