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Arizona Dispatches: An Illegal Immigrant's Story

Ever since the law was signed in April, community activists in neighborhoods across Phoenix have been holding information meetings about SB 1070. At these meetings, often held in houses and backyards, illegal immigrants gather to learn about their legal rights, paths to citizenship and, in many cases, the process of deportation. At one such meeting this week, we met Rigoberto Lopez, who has been in the United States illegally for 10 years. Lopez was at the meeting because his wife, also an illegal immigrant, is in jail. Lopez is now caring for his two young daughters with no other family or friends to ask for help. He's trying to make plans for his family's future. Lopez's situation is not unique, however. In fact, he shares a tiny house with another man who's also caring for his daughters while their mother is in jail awaiting deportation. Despite Wednesday's ruling, the community meetings will continue. Activists and illegal immigrants know the law's provisions will move on to be argued in higher courts. They say they will still be targeted. After all, Lopez's wife was arrested well before SB 1070. The Lopez family's story, like SB 1070's, is not over.
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