The Evolution of Anti-Immigration Legislation in Arizona
This chapter traces the development of anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, highlighting the steady, organized movement from the initial introduction of anti-immigrant legislation to the passage of SB 1070, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, and beyond. The evolution shows that Arizona's strategic movement from introduction of ideas to the passage of legislation was carefully crafted and executed by a coalition of state-elected officials and national activists, with the intent to utilize Arizona as a model for other states' actions. The chapter also reflects on the political left's failure to accurately gauge the seriousness of anti-immigrant proposals and the lack of strategic response to the steady progression of such legislation. Finally, it evaluates the impact of Arizona's anti-immigration laws on other states and looks ahead to the movement's next steps in Arizona and beyond.
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