A Look Back at Artwork Created in Response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070

Categories: Visual Art

Greetings from Arizona by Lalo Cota
This morning, the official blog of the Supreme Court of the United States is reporting that Section 2(b) of Arizona's immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as not pre-empted by federal immigration law.

From the court: "It was improper for the lower courts to enjoin section 2(b), which requires police officers to check the legal status of anyone arrested for any crime before they can be released."

As we reported last April, it's no secret that when SB 1070 was signed, Arizona's national reputation tanked, business suffered, and our Mexican community was subjected to unfair raids and accusations. But between then and now (and for the unforeseeable future) some artists have flourished as a result.

To read more about artwork created in response to SB1070, read New Times' Borderline Expression. For more information about the Supreme Court's decision, stay tuned to New Times' Feathered Bastard. And to see a few great examples of visual expression born during SB1070, see the images below.

Claude Mollers

Ernesto Yerena and Shepard Fairey

Luis Gutierrez


Ron English

Photo by Diane Ovalle

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