Countdown to Arizona's Immigration Law

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Recently-deported Mexican immigrant Jose Manuel, 42, outside an aid station July 27, 2010 in Nogales, Mexico, just across the border from Arizona. Manuel lived in San Mateo, California for 10 years. (John Moore/Getty)

Arizona's controversial immigration law will come into effect tomorrow, unless a federal judge says otherwise. We take a look across the border to Loma Buenavista, Mexico. Sixty percent of the town's population is thought to have crossed the border into Arizona. The 800-person town depends on residents' relatives in the U.S. to send money back home; if their relatives leave, the town stands to be significantly affected by this new law. 

Inma Gil Rosendo, Mexico correspondent for BBC World, has been talking to residents of Loma Buenavista, and she shares what they have to say.

Guests:

Inma Gil

Produced by:

David J Fazekas and Kate McGough

Comments [1]

While listening to this today, I heard that the town was upset because no more money was coming in from the husbands who were working in the US, while here illegally. The money earned here should be spent here, not sent away to support another town, city, state, or country. When I pay my employees, they spend their dollars in the communities they live in, thereby keeping the economy going. If we continue to let all of these dollars earned by undocumented people leave our country, our economy will continue the backslide.

Jul. 28 2010 10:40 AM

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