Days Before SB 1070, Low Attendence in Phoenix Public School

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A barbed wire fence guards the U.S.-Mexico border on May 2, 2010 at Montezuma Pass, Arizona. (John Moore/Getty Images/Getty)

On Thursday, Arizona's SB 1070 officially goes into effect, meaning law enforcement will be able to question anyone they suspect to be in the country illegally. Leading up to Thursday, there has been a growing climate of fear among immigrants in the state. Many undocumented families have decided to leave Arizona, some heading to other states and some going back to their home countries. Monday was the first day of school in the Balsz Elementary School District, an area where more than 70 percent of the population is Hispanic. We talk with Superintendent Jeffrey Smith who says that more than 500 students were not in attendance yesterday.

And we want to hear from you. Are you in Arizona? Will the law change the way you interact with the police or your community?

Guests:

Jeffrey Smith

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

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