Today’s hearing in Phoenix over the federal lawsuit—and other suits—filed against Arizona law SB 1070 occupies the attention of the Spanish-language press, which covers it from a variety of angles.
The demonstration yesterday by activists calling for passage of the DREAM Act, which would legalize young people who had completed at least two years of college or enlisted in the military (in addition to fulfilling other requirements), is one of the lead stories in the Spanish-language media this morning. And on the eve of the second hearing in the federal lawsuit against Arizona law SB 1070, that suit — and the law it challenges — also occupy the headlines.
With today’s “graduation ceremony” for DREAM activists in Washington, questions resurface about how the bill legalizing undocumented young people will move forward. As the border prepares to receive National Guard troops, controversy remains over the death of Anastasio Hernández in Border Guard custody; and the list released in Utah last week purporting to identify undocumented immigrants has struck fear into the hearts of the entire Latino community there.
Today a federal judge in Phoenix, AZ will begin to hear arguments from both sides in one of the lawsuits against SB 1070 — but the damage from the law is already being done, as a list in Utah that claims to name 13,000 undocumented immigrants continues to terrorize the Latino community and Hispanics across the country tell a pollster that the atmosphere of fear has made immigration a top issue for them come November.
Yesterday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, California, was met with protests asking that the 2011 game be moved out of Phoenix due to Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 — but the game is staying put for now. Meanwhile, a list sent to officials in Utah that claims to name 1,300 undocumented immigrants has the Latino community terrified.
Today in the Spanish-language press, actions in support of the DREAM Act heat up across the country, while Arizona business owners have more backbone than Democratic governors in standing up to Arizona’s SB 1070. Meanwhile, hate crimes in Staten Island, NY have immigrants afraid to walk the streets, and the Mexican consulate is getting involved.
A new lawsuit filed against Arizona — this one focusing on the training materials being used to prepare to enforce SB 1070 — marks the seventh legal challenge against the law, and Attorney General Eric Holder says that the federal government may sue the state again over racial profiling if the law goes into effect. Hundreds of people came to the National Governors’ Association annual conference in Boston to protest one of the governors attending–guess which one?–and thousands of businesses have been audited and fined as a result of the Obama administration’s “silent raids.”
Various outlets in the Spanish-language press cover a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) documenting how many students would be eligible for temporary legal status under the DREAM Act, and how many of those would be likely to fill the requirements for citizenship. Meanwhile, the United Farm Workers’ “Take Our Jobs” campaign makes it on the Colbert Report, and Arizona is saving up for the legal battle over SB 1070.
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.
The lawsuit filed by the federal government (on behalf of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and State) against Arizona and SB 1070 dominates the headlines today in the Spanish-language media.