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AirTalk host Larry Mantle will be broadcasting live from Phoenix July 29, when Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law known as SB 1070 is scheduled to go into effect. Here are more details, along with a mini-poll that asks the question: Do you support SB 1070?

I'll be there too, covering the reaction whether the law is enacted or held up in court. If there's anything in particular you'd like to hear about while we're there, let us know.


In the news this morning

With Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law set to take effect next week - and legal challenges to the measure being heard in court - much of the news this morning is out of Arizona.

  • The Tucson Sentinel posted this update last night on the SB 1070 hearings taking place in Phoenix, in which arguments were heard yesterday in two of the lawsuits challenging the law, including a federal government challenge on constitutional grounds.
  • The Los Angeles Times has this story on the economic fallout of undocumented immigrants leaving Arizona out of fear of SB 1070.
  • Fox News reports on a Latino GOP group announcing its support of the Arizona measure.
  • Spin has an interview with guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, which is reuniting for a show tonight at the Hollywood Palladium with proceeds to benefit two Arizona immigrant rights groups.
  • Several publications are now following yesterday’s Salt Lake Tribune story pointing to a particular Utah state employee as a possible culprit in that state’s immigration hit list scandal.
  • The Wall Street Journal's legal blog is reporting on a lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union over a Nebraska town’s anti-illegal immigration housing ordinance.
  • Finally, in the latest issue of the New Yorker, William Finnegan challenges some of political claims made about border crime and Border Patrol apprehensions.


How Arizona's SB 1070 plays in California

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Demonstrators outside Angel Stadium in Anaheim protesting Arizona's SB 1070 before the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13.

California voters are sharply divided in their support for a controversial new Arizona anti-illegal immigration law that is set to take effect July 29. The results of a Field Poll released July 16 show a 49-45 percent split among California registered voters, with nearly half in favor of the law. Among other things the Arizona measure, known as SB 1070, empowers local law enforcement to check for immigration status; several lawsuits have been filed challenging the law, including a U.S. Department of Justice complaintchallenging it on constitutional grounds.

According to the California poll, voter division on SB 1070 falls largely along partisan and ethnic lines: 77 percent of Republicans polled approve, 62 percent of Democrats polled disapprove;  white non-Hispanic voters are most supportive of the law (58 percent approve, 37 percent disapprove), followed by African- Americans (53 percent approve, 39 percent disapprove). By contrast, 71 percent Latino voters polled disapprove, with only 24 percent expressing support. Asian-American voters were divided, with 50 percent in favor and 43 percent not.