Arizona Residents React to New Immigration Reform

The passing of an immigration reform bill, SB1070, has received a mixed reaction among politicians and residents in Arizona.


    Call to Action

    Warren Stewart Sr., a pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., leads a crowd at a rally protesting SB1070 (AP).

    The Big Board

    The votes are shown on a big screen as they are cast by Arizona state senators.  The sweeping immigration bill was passed by a 17-11 vote, with most senators voting along party lines (AP).

    Senator Pearce Speaks Out

    Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) discusses why he is voting in favor of the immigration reform bill, SB1070 (AP).

    Senator Rios Speaks Out

    Arizona state Senator Rebecca Rios (D-Apache Junction) speaks about why she has chosen to vote against the immigration bill, SB1070 (AP).

    A Sad Day

    Phoenix resident Carmen Trejo cries after learning that the immigration reform bill, SB1070, passed a vote by Arizona state senators (AP).

    The Logic Behind the Bill

    US Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, left, and Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, right, speak about a border security plan to help prevent illegal immigration and slow criminal activity along the Arizona-Mexico border (AP).

    Arizona Residents React

    Protestors gathered outside of the state Senate building at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.  Residents are divided over the passing of SB1070, a bill that proposes immigration reform along the Arizona-Mexico border (AP).
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