The U.S. District Court is scheduled to hear the federal Department of Justice's lawsuit against the state of Arizona on Thursday, the second of seven challenges brought against the state's controversial new immigration law.
The law, known as Senate Bill 1070, would require Arizona law enforcement officials, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. It would also make it a state crime to be in the country illegally.
Barring the outcome of Thursday's hearing in the Phoenix courthouse, SB 1070 is slated to go into effect on July 29.
Since it was signed into law in April, SB 1070 has sparked a national outcry against what would be the nation's toughest immigration law. In May the Seattle City Council approved a Arizona-boycott resolution, which condemns SB 1070, calls for comprehensive immigration reform and urges cities to refrain from entering into contracts with Arizona businesses when possible.
This Thursday, July 22, Casa Latina will host "Todos Somos Arizona