A number of states have recently enacted tough news laws aimed at cracking down on undocumented immigrants. Many of these measures were inspired by Arizona’s SB 1070, a law that makes it a state crime to be in Arizona without proper documents. The courts have yet to make a final ruling on SB 1070, which was signed into law in April 2010. But Arizona continues to be at the center of the immigration debate.
In this podcast we take you back to the pre-SB 1070 era. While the lines separating Arizona’s pro and anti immigrant advocates seemed to be hardening, reporter Valeria Fernandez, who is based in Phoenix, decided to look for common ground on immigration. She found it in the state’s large dairy industry. Here’s a story she produced in September 2009 for our radio partner, Latino USA.