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Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

Anyone who thought rushing SB1062 through the Legislature would leave opponents little time to organize was sorely mistaken. Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House of Representatives approved the bill, massive protests sprang up at the Capitol, business organizations lobbied Gov. Jan Brewer for a veto, and Arizona took center stage in a national media frenzy. By the time Brewer struck down SB1062, a veto was considered a near certainty.

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Raucous debate on immigration to get under way

Raucous debate on immigration to get under way

WASHINGTON — Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what's sure to be a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally.

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Immigration measure sparks competing Capitol protests (access required)

While the Monday press conference to announce a bill to repeal SB1070 set up the potential for a fierce confrontation on the Capitol lawn, protestors mostly kept to their respective sides of the courtyard, with only the occasional comment volleyed between the groups. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have their opposing views on full display.

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Protests become celebrations, followed by disorder

Small, peaceful celebrations were held July 28 after U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton halted key elements of Arizona’s immigration law, but that all changed the following day as protesters filled the streets, blocked roads and caused civil disobedience that got dozens arrested.

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Big immigration rally – Crosby, Stills, Nash rumored to show (access required)

Police are preparing for a crowd of between 25,000 and 50,000 people to protest at the Capitol this weekend that could draw the likes of Crosby, Stills Nash and, unfortunately, not Young. Rumor has it the famous trio of crooners will make an appearance, though it's not been confirmed. If Neil Young was expected to be here, I would be much more excited, frankly.

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