Anti-illegal immigration bill passes in Arizona Senate

Anti-illegal immigration bill passes in Arizona Senate
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The heated debate over the next U.S. Supreme Court justice could have a major impact on some key cases the court was expected to rule on this year.

The cases involve affirmative action, abortion and immigration.

Arizona took center stage in the debate over immigration six years ago, when state lawmakers passed the controversial anti-illegal-immigration legislation known as SB 1070, which then-Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law on April 23, 2010.

Now, Arizona appears to be ground zero in the immigration battle, once again.

Protesters were back at the state Capitol Monday to tell lawmakers there will be serious repercussions if they pass a series of anti-immigrant bills now under consideration.

“We’re sending a very big warning that we’re not going to stand for this,” Francisca Porchas, who is with the Puente Movement, said. “We’ll fight it, and if we have to, we’ll call for a national boycott once again.”

The cries for justice in Arizona come at a time when the future of many immigrant families hangs in the balance.

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia puts into limbo several key cases that the high court was expected to rule on this year.

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