For Citizens and Illegal Immigrants Alike, Arizona Law Hits Hard
Arizona says the federal government has failed to stop illegal immigration, so the state had to take matters into its own hands. That was the heart of an argument before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
In 2010, Arizona passed an aggressive law designed to make life so difficult for illegal immigrants that they’d choose to leave.
Most of the Arizona law is on hold while the court makes its decision. But even so, the law is changing lives. CBS correspondent Brian Rooney explains how.
Leticia Ramirez and her husband are both illegal immigrants from Mexico. He did not want us to identify him.
“Sometimes I’m afraid when I see my husband leave in the morning that he might never come back,” said Leticia Ramirez. “That when I take my kids to school, that I might get stopped even walking.”
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Her parents brought her from Mexico when she was 8 years old. She’s lived in Arizona for 19 years. She worries deportation would separate her from her three children who where born here and are therefore U.S. citizens.
She’s already made arrangements.
“For myself, they’re going to be taken care of by a friend if that day happens” said Ramirez.