SB 1070's Third Anniversary: Arizona's War on the Brown Continues

Anti-SB 1070 demonstrators, arriving at Phoenix's ICE offices this morning

Though it feels like a decade or more, it's only been three years since Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's ethnic cleansing legislation, went into effect, stoking the fires of ethnic discord, clobbering an already weak state economy, and putting Sand Land in the running for the most racist state west of the Mississippi, if not the entire Union.

This morning, the civil rights group Puente led a march from Steele Indian School Park to the offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Central Avenue, near McDowell Road. The demonstration was both a protest of the nefarious effects of the statute, as well as a rally marking three years of resistance to 1070 by Latinos and their allies.

Around 200 demonstrators carried signs demanding an end to the Obama administration's deportations and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. They chanted, "Stop 1070/We will not comply," and, "Being brown is not a crime," and peacefully assembled before the ICE building following the march.

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Three years ago to the day, Phoenix was the site of massive civil disobedience, Arizona was being boycotted by groups around the country, and the most egregious parts of 1070 just had been enjoined by federal Judge Susan R. Bolton.

What remained of the statute formally made "attrition through enforcement" the public policy of the state.

For our Spanish-speaking friends, some advice on what to do if Arpaio's goons come calling at your job: Consejos y trucos en español de la abogada Delia Salvatierra

It would be another two years till the U.S. Supreme Court would rule on this odious legislation, upholding much of Bolton's order, save for her injunction against section 2(b), which requires law enforcement officers to inquire as to the immigration status of someone already stopped, if they have reasonable suspicion to believe someone is in the country illegally.

The justices reaffirmed the federal government's supreme authority over immigration, and left the door open to an as-applied challenge of the law, if it could be demonstrated that 1070 was being used to violate the civil rights of those halted.

To that end, the ACLU of Arizona has begun a campaign called United Against SB 1070, with its own phone app and statewide hotline, so that people can report instances of racial profiling or other civil rights abuses.

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Yes, "war on the brown" indeed.  That's why "the brown" continues to pour across the border.  In order to be the targets of war.  Better to ask: Why has Mexico declared war on it's poor for the last 4 decades?


It's not about a war on the Brown, it's a war on illegal aliens.  It's about "Brown" because Arpaio is hardpressed to find anything other than  "Brown". Stop your complaining.


Since the January 2008 start of the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs began:

The Real Estate Market turned upside down from massive vacated dwellings.

The Government has had to waste years doing Bail Out , Stimulus, Morgage , Cash for Clunkers, Construction Projects, ect. in an attempt to "Treat the Symtoms" of the Deportation, and Incarceration Damage done to our Nation even though  the twenty-five year period prior to January 2008 was "The Most Prosperous Period in Total U.S. History." 

Over One Hundred un-documented Immigrants have Died in I.C.E. Custody.

Over Thirteen Thousand un-documented Human Beings have been held in I.C.E. custody for years with out even charges.

Over Five Thousand Legal Citizen Children of un-documented Parents are now in U.S. Foster Care with their Parents stripped away.

Over Forty-two Thousand Human Beings now lay Dead at the Harsh U.S. Mexico Border where I.C.E. has Deported/Dumped Hundreds of Thousands of Human's into a known "Drug War" with nothing, not even water to be Killed, or to Die of the Harsh Elements in the Desert.

Immigrnats have Been Murdered by Vigilantee Groups in the Arizona Desert near Eloy.

Many including Governor Brewer's Staff have Profited Greatly form the Private Prisons.

Racism is Worse than in the 1950's, and 1960's.

To: Good.


Thx. for doing work SL.Your gift for language is apparent- SI SE PUEDE

Cozz topcommenter

I hope a class action suit is filed, it's exactly whats needed to bring the more negative publicity to Arizona and it's racist bullshit politicians it so much deserves.

MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Hopefully BS1070's Section 2B gets the boot by the U.S. Supreme Court. That'll be a real hoot to the nativists and hateful politicians like MontyPug, the Fetid Failure, GED Jan, and Tom "I can't keep it in my pants" Horne.

Then again, this is Arizona. Where the corrupt and mentally sick rule with an iron fist.

Dontbelieveit topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Arpaio is HARD PRESSED TO FIND ANYTHING right . I doubt if he has any problem finding your FUDGE and packing it ......... Who gets the NUT'S?


@ JoeArpaio's Plug:

I bet Arpaio finds your "Brown" ?

Arpaio is a convicted "Racist", and obviously a little "Media Whore" with nothing better to do than Racially Profile Hispanics under the false claim of enforcing the law.

If Arpaio cared about "The Law" he wouldn't hang out with Child Molesters, and Neo Nazi Child Murderers, and would Not have Ignored Four Hundred and Fifty cases of Child abuse, including Child Rapes!?!!

Oh Yeah, its called "Joes Law".

How about Arizona, and U.S. Laws, not just Personal vendeta's?


Dffinately the process of issuing work visas needs to speed up...thus issuing more work permits.  to those that want to tyhis joe arpaio and his clowns can stop..thisshe nan  an gans....and go back to italy where he belongs with the rest of the racist atalians...

Cozz topcommenter


I'm Italian and I'm far from being racist . In my opinion, Arpaio is an insult to all Italians.

Cozz topcommenter


No worries....Arpaio should be in prison, Italy doesn't want him back either.


my bad paisano..perhaps it is wrong of me to label all italians..i actually worked  with a few italians in my work years..and yea some are pretty of my italian friends actually cracked me danm that is say,  arpaio is an insult to all italians..but he still should go back to disrespect intended to italins in general..most are pretty kool..

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