The State of Arizona: Stories of struggle over illegal immigration

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Wednesday, November 6, 7 - 9pm
Activists Across U.S. March For Immigration Reform

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony (C) joins thousands of demonstrators as they march during a May Day immigration rally on May 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. More than 100,000 people were expected to march from four directions towards Los Angeles City Hall to protest Arizona's new immigration law. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roger Mahony

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A protester holds a placard during a protest against Arizona Senate Bill 1070 on April 25, 2012 outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court began reviewing Arizona's controversial law which empowers Arizona police officers to stop and demand papers of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

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Protesters opposed to Arizona's Immigration Law SB 1070 march through downtown Phoenix April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Supreme Court's ruled to strike down most, but not all, of the controversial provisions. Pro-immigrant groups are waiting to see what that will mean going forward.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Arizona Immigration Law

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: People protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. Later this morning the high court will hear arguments on Arizona v. United States and will be tasked with deciding the conflicting roles of national and state governments in controlling the lives of noncitizens living illegally in the U.S. while deciding the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Activists Demonstrate Against Arizona's New Immigration Law

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A man wears an American flag as he protests Arizona's new immigration law during a rally at Oakland City Hall April 30, 2010 in Oakland, California. Dozens of people were marching in protest of Arizona state bill 1070 which was signed into law this past week and gives law enforcement officials unprecedented authority to stop and question suspected illegal immigrants.

Border Agents Struggle To Keep Immigrants From Illegally Crossing AZ Border

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A Border Patrol agent checks vehicles for illegal immigrants and contraband at a roadside checkpoint June 1, 2010 near Sasabe, Arizona.

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Arizona conservatives listen to speeches denouncing illegal immigration on July 31, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Hundreds of supporters of Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070 rallied in favor of the law at the state capitol building. Several dozen opponents of the law turned out to stage a counter protest.

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Opponents of Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070 march with a police escort a day after a judge blocked some of the controversial provisions of the law on July 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction preventing several sections of Arizona's new immigration law from going into effect, at least until the courts have a chance to hear the full case.

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Demonstrators protest Arizona's new immigration law outside the Arizona state capitol building on April 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona. Critics say the new law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses against the Hispanic community.

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Activists chain themselves together in a square with plastic pipes and handcuffs as hundreds protest against Arizona Immigration Law at the intersection of Wilshire and Highland on July 29, 2010 in Los Angeles.

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File photo: A supporter of SB 1070 engages in a conversation with Gloria Godoy, a Guatemalan American who came from Los Angeles to protest against Arizona's new immigration law.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio confronts protesters and speaks with members of the media during a rally at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on August 10, 2010 in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Arpaio, who is Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, gained national attention for using deputies to conduct raids to apprehend illegal immigrants and building large outdoor prison tents to house inmates.

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John Morales protests Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration, outside Dodger Stadium before the Los Angeles Dodgers' baseball series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, May 31, 2010, in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles City Council members listen to speakers before approving an economic boycott of Arizona on May 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. LA hopes of pressuring the state of Arizona into repealing a tough immigration law by boycotting it's goods.

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People march along Broadway in downtown Los Angeles during a rally for immigration law reform and to protest against Arizona's controversial new immigration law on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

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Immigrant rights activists participate in the annual May Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on May 1, 2010. An unusually large turnout was expected because of the controversy surrounding a new Arizona law that allows police to check the legal status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants. Opponents of the new law contend it effectively legalizes racial profiling.

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Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona talks about the sweeping new immigration bill she signed into law Friday, in Phoenix.

This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

As part of the Community Cinema series, we were joined by Marcos Najera, a former NPR reporter in Arizona, and the filmmakers on Wednesday, November 6, at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum for an analysis of Arizona’s enforcement-led policy, which grew out of its unique position as the frontline border state, which is reshaping the national conversation around immigration reform. With dozens of states considering a similar approach, "The State of Arizona" holds a mirror and asks Americans who they are, and who they want to be.

Listen to the entire discussion: 


Marcos Najera, former Latino affairs reporter for Arizona NPR affiliate 91.5 FM KJZZ

Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director
Catherine Tambini, Producer/Director



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