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‘Qué Pasa’ in Immigration: Federal Lawsuit; Arpaio Reacts; Pressure Still On for CIR

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The federal lawsuit against Arizona over SB 1070, and the suit’s political and legal ramifications, remains the top story in the Spanish-language press. But as the legal battle heats up, pressure remains on the federal government to find a comprehensive solution to the problems of immigration policy.

Federal lawsuit. BBC Mundo reports that a federal judge has set July 22nd as the date to hear the Department of Justice’s arguments against SB 1070. La Opinión publishes a brief analysis of what the federal lawsuit could mean for the Latino vote.

Arpaio reacts. News agency EFE reports that while the federal government’s intervention has revived the hopes of many immigrants, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio remains defiant and has announced that he will conduct yet another “sting operation” against undocumented immigrants on July 29th, when SB 1070 is scheduled to go into effect. Meanwhile, La Opinión (Los Angeles) reports that the fear generated in the Hispanic community by Arpaio’s actions has made it difficult for Census workers to accurately account for the Hispanic population in Arizona and other states.