Vigil in support of SB 1070; Tucsonans react to law and lawsuit; Migrant deaths

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Demonstrators set up camp in front of the White House Wednesday to show support for the lawsuit against Arizona's tough new immigration law.

Tuesday the Justice Department challenged Senate Bill 1070, arguing it's up to the feds to enforce immigration law.

Some protesters flew in from Phoenix to take part in this vigil.


We've been hearing a lot from politicians, attorneys, and experts about Arizona's new immigration law. But we haven't heard as much from the general public about your feelings on the SB 1070 and the lawsuits now following it.

It's hard not to think about SB 1070, Arizona's new immigration law when you live in Arizona. It's front page news on almost every Arizona newspaper, everyday.

"I just think that if it's a problem for some of us, it's a problem for all of us."

Most people have opinions about SB 1070. Only a few people this afternoon would share them. The law goes into effect July 30th.

When asked about the law and concerns over racial profiling, one resident didn't see it as a concern, "I don't believe that because I believe that they have to be doing something else to get stopped."

The federal government now plans to sue Arizona over the new law. Lise Anne doesn't support that action, "They should concentrate more on making more programs for needy families, for people that are living on the streets because they lost their homes and their jobs."

Milton Schwevell thinks the federal government should be involved, "There's no question immigration is a problem, but it's something the national government needs to deal with with strong support from the American people."

Schwevell doesn't support Arizona's new immigration law, "I think it's truly un-American, a violation of all the great things that we stand for."


As the debate over Arizona's new immigration law continues, migrants continue to cross the desert, and continue to die in the process.

According to a new report released by the Tucson based human rights organization, Derechos Humanos, the remains of 153 migrants have been recovered the desert since October.  And, the group says their could be more but it's hard to know because many migrants go missing, "In theory the desert could completely devour an individual...if you're in the right place where you'll never be found.  People have told us that cattle sometimes chow on bone...for calcium, so in theory, you could disappear and your family will never know what happened to you."

Last year the remains of a little over 200 migrants were recovered.