Immigration and Naturalization


Lessons From the Past: Arizona, Immigration and Ethnic Studies

Derek Chang, Truthout: "In a little less than two weeks, my son's fourth-grade class will visit a historic site called the Eight Square Schoolhouse in Dryden, New York. Designed by a local carpenter and built in 1827, it is the only octagonal schoolhouse still standing in New York State. It was used as a school for some 114 years, and the building's significance, I'm told, lies in its shape. Octagonal buildings were thought to be sturdier, possess better ventilation, provide more interior space and allow for the teacher to be the focus of the students' attention to a greater degree."

Behind the Immigration Law


Investigative reporter Greg Palast explains why the immigration law in Arizona is intended to prevent Latino voters from reaching the polls.


UN Experts: Arizona Immigration Law Violates Human Rights


Powerless in Arizona

The American Prospect
by Gabriel Arana


The story of Hispanics’ political powerlessness in Arizona is partly a story about big demographic trends. Since the 1990s, the state has seen an influx of two groups: white Midwesterners and undocumented workers from Mexico. The swell of Midwestern retirees and families to the Phoenix area follows a pattern of migration from post-industrial cities in the middle of the country to the Sun Belt, where the cost of living is lower and economic opportunities more fruitful. In addition, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the rate of illegal immigration to the state jumped 70 percent between 2000 and 2008. Experts say the influx of the two groups has led to a cultural clash and strengthened the conservative base in Maricopa County, which dominates state politics...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Outlawing Latinos' Heritage

By Eugene Robinson

Arizona is already facing criticism and boycotts over its "breathing while Latino" law, which in essence requires police to identify and jail undocumented immigrants. Now the state adds insult to that injury.


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