Interactive Map: A Nation United or Divided?
On WednesdayToday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a landmark case, State of Arizona v. United States of America. By the end of June the Court will likely rule on whether states like Arizona have the authority to enact their own immigration enforcement laws instead of following federal regulations.
If the Court gives a green light to Arizona’s “attrition through enforcement” strategy, which aims to make life so harsh for undocumented immigrants and their families that they “self-deport,” and allows S.B. 1070 and its progeny to be implemented, the nation will return to a time of deep division, likely cleaved once again along regional lines. Some states will pass welcoming laws and others restrictive ones.
With this series of maps we aim to convey the implications of the Court’s decision, which are significant and will have profound implications for all people living in Arizona and Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah, where similar measures have passed, as well as for the country as a whole.