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Arizona: State of Fear

August 3, 2010

(This story is re-posted from the Real News Network.)

‘Attrition by enforcement’ is the name of the game in Arizona. The goal is to dissuade undocumented immigration by making life unbearable for the undocumented already living in Arizona. Desert tent jails and arbitrary checkpoints are two of the tactics used to strike fear into the undocumented with the goal of deterring others from coming. Ecuadorian filmmaker Oscar León, who has been covering this issue from Arizona for the past three years, points out that the undocumented can’t possibly be separated from the documented Latino population without a police state, and Arizona has been developing its own version long before the controversial SB1070 law was on the map.

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