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As immigration law heads to Supreme Court, a look at life in Arizona for immigrants

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Undocumented immigrants are searched before boarding a deportation flight in Mesa, Arizona. John Moore/Getty Images

Arizona's SB 1070 is just the latest in a series of laws passed in Arizona which seek to promote “self-deportation” of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. These laws were designed to make life so difficult, that undocumented people would simply go back to their homelands.

For instance, there is a law in Arizona that says undocumented students have to pay out-of-state tuition at state-supported colleges. That ends up being 300 percent more than legal Arizona residents.

Some of these laws appear to have had a real impact on undocumented workers. In other cases, people have found loopholes around them.


Devin Browne, a reporter with the Fronteras Desk and KJZZ, based in Phoenix.
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