How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

From the notebook, quotes that summed up the day


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Oday Shahin, who arrived as a child from Jordan, wearing a dishdasha at a protest Thursday.

More quotes make it into a reporter's notebook than ever make it out, and on Thursday I gathered many while making my way around downtown Phoenix, where hundreds of SB 1070 opponents held protests in several locations. Some of their comments were published earlier, some not:

  • "This is not a Latino issue. This has happened in American history to many other groups." (Oday Shahin, 21, an Arizona State University student who arrived from Jordan at age 9)

  • "Not one more mother gets pulled away from her children. Not in my name." (Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, said while blocking the entrance to a Sheriff's booking facility)

  • "I'm not an immigrant, but I know tons of people who are, so I speak for them." (Victor Cruz, 31, a Los Angeles-area resident who arrived from Honduras at age 2)

  • "Basically, the politicians are going to do what they want to do." (A 60-year-old man who only identified himself as a longtime Phoenix resident, watching a protest from the sidewalk)

  • "I want to support these people. What they (the state) was doing was wrong." (Consuelo Plata, 83, who participated in a march through downtown Phoenix in her wheelchair, pushed along by her granddaughter)

  • "Yesterday, my brother was going to leave. But because the law was stopped, he didn't." (Patricia Rosas, an undocumented immigrant who spoke at a morning prayer service, telling the crowd that members of her family had left the state in fear of the new law)

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