May 29th, Arizona rose and you joined us. Today's video in this special
series features a U.S. father whose children fear that he will be deported...or worse.
Manuel Alvarado (38) moved from CA to Phoenix, where his in-laws live. He was born in the US, but says, "My little girl still asks me, almost everyday, 'Something's gonna happen to you daddy, because of the color of your skin? Are they gonna kill you?" He hopes to get out of Phoenix by next year..
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About the series: SB 1070 isn’t just some clash of ideologies. Real people’s lives are at stake. During the march, writer Aarti Shahani went in search of regular folks who live and work in Phoenix. “On my first trip here, I interviewed Sheriff Arpaio and Russell Pearce,” she says, “today I wanted to meet the people they are targeting.” By the end of the day, Shahani realized just how many kids know about police, jails and deportation firsthand. “They’ve lost their innocence,” explains Dr. Sylvia Herrera, a main organizer of the march.
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You can find Aarti Shahani on Twitter @aarti411. She’s the lead author of Local Democracy on ICE , a groundbreaking report on 287(g) and racial profiling, cited in the Congressional Record and the nation’s leading newspapers.