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week 9 final - I l l e g a l i m m i g r a n t s c l o s e...

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Race and Your Community Dana Leamaster e g a m m g a n s c o s e y e a e d o U S c z e n s w o u d I l l l i i r t l l r l t t . . i t i l
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Phoenix, Arizona’s population is very dynamic and diverse. Although, with this dynamic energy even though it’s mostly good, we do have racial tension that we deal with on a daily basis. As we are (Arizona) next to the Mexican-U. S. border, it is not unusual for police to stop minorities, especially Hispanics for any reason, justified or not to ask them why they are out and about or to check on their legal status. This is partly due to Arizona governor, Jan Brewer (Rep), passing the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration aimed to identify, prosecute, and deport illegal immigrants. This has caused a great deal of tension between legal residents of any race and illegal residents of the state of Arizona but especially here in Phoenix. As a whole, Hispanics face discrimination from most of the Caucasian, or “white” community of Phoenix as they are labeled as illegal. The true fact is however, that since the passing of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, among speculation about how many illegal immigrants may be leaving Arizona under the pressure of new enforcement rules, a revers phenomenon has gone largely unnoticed at the Mexican border. It appears that after Brewer signed SB 1070, a law aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of the state, Legal Mexican visits and residents in Arizona have dropped by 17 percent. (Dennis Wagner, 2010) This reverse phenomenon has caused quite the racial tension in Arizona, especially the City of Phoenix. SB 1070, although necessary, and if properly enforced, is not a well-received policy at all. According to "U.S. Census Bureau" (2010), The state of Arizona has 6,392,017 residents. 57.8 percent of that are white, 4.1 percent are African American, 4.6 percent are American Indian, 2.8 percent are Asian Americans, 0.2 percent are Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 3.4 percent are people who reported two or more races, 29.6 percent are Latino or Hispanic. So as you can can Arizona has a whole is made up majorly of white people.
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