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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

SB 1070 Sticker Wars! Part 2: Voices from the Right

There's been plenty of furor from all over the country about Arizona's new SB 1070 law. (In case you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, this legislation grants police officers the right to require individuals they suspect may be in this country illegally to provide identification.)

Clearly, however, there are those who support this law. Proponents of SB 1070 cite the serious strain being put on public services in the state of Arizona by the influx of illegal immigrants.The federal government estimates that Arizona has one of the fastest growing illegal immigrant populations in the country--nearly doubling from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008--comprising 8% of the adult population in the state at the time surveyed. As of 2007, the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies estimated that illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children comprised one-fifth of those in the state of Arizona living in poverty, one-third of those without health insurance, and one out of six students in the state’s schools.

There are those who see SB 1070 as necessary in the face of federal inaction on the subject of illegal immigration--as in, if the government won't deal with this problem (or provide the funds to address the issues associated with it) then there's nothing for the states most affected to do but take matters into their own hands.

What you see here are just a few of the sticker designs that have come through Custom Sticker Makers in recent months in favor of SB1070.

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