Arizona: Best Place to Observe the Science of Xenophobia

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The fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has become infamous for its stance on illegal immigration. Many call it for what it is: racial profiling. Still some believe it's just simple law enforcement. Either way, it's controversial. From the border to Maricopa County, police officers and border patrol agents have been hunting for illegal immigrants.

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The Yuma Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol supervises 126 miles of borderland in Arizona and California. Using the biggest form of technology to date, the fence (or as agents call it, "the line") acts as the biggest physical barrier illegal immigrants strive to overcome in the attempt to cross to the United States. Should they successfully cross, agents rely on other forms of technology to secure the safety of not only themselves, but also those attempting to make it to America.

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Best place to observe the science of xenophobia,


The legislative chambers at the Arizona State Capitol.


"Many call it for what it is"... where is that editorial integrity you were supposed to have?


 @shadeaux14 Agreed. The xenophobia that wafts from the governor's office is merely a cynical effort to pander to the far right-wing crazies in the legislature - and to their supporters.

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