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Nora Mendivil (L) and Jorge Mendez (R) demonstrate outside the Arizona State Capital Building as protesters begin to arrive from around the country, two days before the controversial state law SB1070 which criminalizes illegal immigration takes effect, in Phoenix on July 27, 2010. Nearly half the US population believes immigration should decrease in their country, a Gallup poll showed two days before a law criminalizing illegal immigration goes into effect in Arizona. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the opinion tracker said, Americans have taken a tougher stance on immigration. On July 29 an Arizona law goes into effect making it a crime to enter the country illegally, the first US state to do so over the objections of the federal government which considers immigration policy its prerogative.
Arizona’s immigration law is set to go into effect Thursday, unless Judge Susan Bolton blocks it. Bolton is likely to rule on the federal challenges to SB 1070 today. Will she bar the enforcement of certain provisions? How will local police implement whatever remains of the law? And how are protesters on both sides responding?
UPDATE 10:18am PT: Judge Bolton granted an injunction against a portion of SB 1070.
Whatever decision comes down, AirTalk will be at the Arizona state capitol in Phoenix Thursday, bringing you live coverage with activists, law enforcement, legislators, and policy experts.
Antonio Gonsalez, President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP). SVREP, founded in 1974, is the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the U.S.
Steven Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies