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One Year After Arizona Got It Wrong #default

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Arizona ignited a destructive national debate over immigration when SB 1070 was signed into law a year ago. But other states and the public are realizing that Arizona got it wrong.

It is a year since Arizona reached a dangerous new low in the national discourse on immigration policy by enacting SB 1070, a law that requires police to investigate, detain, and arrest people if they sense immigration violations.

Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, commented today about the growing push for federal comprehensive immigration solutions.

"Arizona's attack against immigrant workers and their children was a disturbing over reaction to Congress' inability to enact badly needed comprehensive immigration reforms.Two courts found that the law violates the U.S. Constitution because immigration is a federal issue and states cannot preempt the federal government's jurisdiction over immigration matters. The law ruined the state's reputation and tourists headed elsewhere, landing a stinging hit on the state's economy.

"It did not take the state's business community long to realize that draconian measures like SB 1070 were like daggers in the heart of the state's economy. When the immigration opponents tried a new round of measures this year that included cutting benefits to children, business leaders told the state to back off, and they did.

"The threat of state action is not gone, but it is greatly diminished. At least 10 other states have rejected or abandoned similar measures. And in Maryland, the state Legislature passed a DREAM Act for Maryland students, ratifying the principle that immigrants are an integral part of our economic future."

Read the rest of Medina's statement here

On Saturday, the anniversary of the signing of SB 1070, SEIU, Mi Familia Vota and other partners will hold a citizenship workshop for 500 Phoenix residents, as part of our ongoing effort to nurture the dreams of all immigrants who want to be part of this great country.

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