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)


Rounding out the day in Phoenix

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Protesters rally across the street from the downtown office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Update: The Arizona Republic is now reporting that at least 50 people were arrested during Thursday's protests. At least two were journalists, eventually released without charges.

It was a long, hot and heated day in Phoenix, with protests throughout downtown on the day that a pared-down SB 1070 went into effect. Opponents of the controversial anti-illegal immigration law from within and outside Arizona had long planned events to coincide with the law's implementation. And an 11-hour injunction by a federal judge on Wednesday, which blocked its most hotly contested provisions, did not deter its opponents from protesting the law as well as the political climate in Arizona.


Protesters, cops clash at county booking jail


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Outside the county booking facility

A protester confronts Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies in riot gear at the entrance to the county's central booking facility downtown.

Several anti-SB 1070 protesters have been arrested at the site, including some who blocked the entrance earlier.


Civil disobedience at Sheriff Arpaio's booking facility


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Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix

Unitarian minister Susan Frederick-Gray is among those who have blocked the entrance to the central booking facility of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"Not one more mother gets pulled away from her children," she said, referring to the separation of families by deportation.