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Showdown in the Sonoran DesertReligion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy$
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Ananda Rose

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.001.0001

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Senate Bill 1070: Wagers of Loveand Fear at the Border

Senate Bill 1070: Wagers of Loveand Fear at the Border

(p.125) Chapter 8 Senate Bill 1070: Wagers of Loveand Fear at the Border
Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Ananda Rose

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the murder of southern Arizonan rancher, Robter Krentz, and how it served as a political tipping point in the immigration debate in Arizona, leading to the passing of the controversial immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070 (SB 1070). Amongst its tough anti-illegal immigrant measures, SB 1070 granted new sweeping powers to law enforcement agents to interrogate and arrest anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, causing some to say the law was drafted in a spirit of racism and xenophobia, while others claimed the law was a necessary and rational step in the effort to secure the border. The chapter looks at differing opinions of the bill, and the spirited debate that ensued across the nation in its wake, including a federal injunction to block the law, as a way to demonstrate how the U.S. is deeply divided over the issue of immigration. It also looks at the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, and at the many interconnected reasons that such reform has proven difficult, including a brief philosophical discussion of the existential dilemmas inherent in the self-other encounter.

Keywords:   SB 1070, Senate Bill 1070, Robert Krentz, reasonable suspicion, immigration reform, amnesty, deportation, visa, War on Drugs, DREAM Act, Jan Brewer, alterity, self-other encounter, Sigmund Freud

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