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The nation awaits in June the looming Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s anti-immigration law, known as SB 1070. SB 1070 makes it a crime in Arizona for an individual to fail to carry necessary immigration documents and requires law enforcement to question an individual’s immigration standing if officers think the individual is undocumented. It also […] Read More

Are my books banned in Arizona? Arizona school districts that are largely comprised of Mexican-Americans have been forcedtoeliminate ethnic-studies programs because they are allegedly un-American, apparently teaching hatred and ethnic unrest. To facilitate the process, the Tucson Unified School District released the titles of its banned books to avoid “biased, political and emotionally charged” teaching. […] Read More

(RNS) The head of the Unitarian Universalist Association has been convicted on misdemeanor charges for participating in a protest rally against Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The Rev. Peter Morales, the first Latino president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, was found guilty on Friday (August 5) of failing to comply with a police officer at a […] Read More

The Arizona Senate’s rejection of five anti-immigration bills hasn’t slowed the pace of anti-immigration bills surging through statehouses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.   In mid-March, the Arizona Senate voted down five bills that would have added more restrictions to the controversial 2010 bill, S.B. 1070, that put Arizona at […] Read More

A Mexican Madonna with child sits at the entrance to the sanctuary of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz. By her left side is a machete and straw hat. By her right side is a water jug. Around her is a doorframe with a lizard.   Yes, a lizard.   The lizard represents U.S. government […] Read More

He asked us to call the border patrol. After three days in the harsh Sonoran Desert, having been left behind by five other undocumented migrants when he injured his leg, the teenage boy had had enough. He wanted to go home – back to Mexico.   We arrived Saturday morning at the camp of No […] Read More

Georgia is not Arizona, and its values are not our values.   On the issue of immigration, our highest ideals dictate that we act in a more humane fashion than Arizona has with its anti-immigration law. Here’s why:   First is Southern hospitality and history.   Country music aptly describes Southern charm. At our best, […] Read More

Georgia seems to be well on its way to an Arizona-style immigration law. Sixty-eight percent of Georgians polled by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are in favor of it. Republicans Karen Handel and Nathan Deal are leading the charge toward Arizona, and Democrat Roy Barnes is shrinking before it.   This is awful. I have taught undocumented […] Read More

Here is a word of advice: Never begin a sentence with the phrase, “I am not a racist individual, but …”   My years of experience have taught me that whenever someone needs to begin a comment by declaring they are not racist, usually they are. If a tree is known by its fruit, then […] Read More

Efforts at both educational and immigration “reforms” in Arizona have rightly brought about protests of both institutionalized racism and personal prejudice in many Americans’ thoughts and actions.   Others remain unconvinced though, particularly when it comes to educational practices like firing teachers who speak English as a second language imperfectly with heavy accents or getting […] Read More