This post was written by Chantal Flores, a Nation intern and freelance writer living in New York City.
On April 20, nine students were arrested after chaining themselves to the Arizona State Capitol in protest to Arizona’s anti-immigrant bill. Three days later, Governor Brewer signed SB 1070, a draconian law that makes it a state crime to be illegal in Arizona.
The new law, which gives the police power to stop and detain any person when “reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien,” will lead to widespread discrimination and harassment. The question is, how can you identify an illegal immigrant without employing racial profiling? On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart tackled the question.
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Political leaders are calling for economic boycotts, yet there are concerns that this could unfairly hurt Arizona workers, many of whom are illegal immigrants themselves. Michael Yaki from the San Francisco Chronicle explains why economic boycotts can be a powerful weapon if applied with “intensive, calculated, concerted action.”