Countdown to Arizona's SB 1070

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There is just one week left before Arizona's new immigration laws, SB 1070, take effect on July 29th. Since the laws passage in April, the state has seen an exodus of Hispanic citizens, with schools reporting unusual drops in enrollment.

Arizona District Superintendent Jeffrey Smith—who saw 75 families pull their children out of his schools in June, compared to just seven in the same month last year—told USA Today, "They're leaving to another state where they feel more welcome."

David Castillo, co-founder of the Latin Association of Arizona, a chamber of commerce for first-generation Hispanic business owners said that businesses serving the Latino community have suffered greatly. "(Brewer) signed the law, and everything fell apart," Castillo lamented. "It's devastating."

The law's passage has galvanized the Hispanic community around the issue of immigration. According to a recent study by LULAC and the Hispanic Federation, immigration is now the top issue concerning Latinos, tied with jobs and the economy. Nine out of ten Latinos also said that they believe any immigration reform should lead to a path to legal citizenship for those already in the country.

Tell us: What do you think about the new Arizona laws?

For more on SB 1070, Arizona, the latest on the immigration crisis and tips on how you can get involved in the debate, visit Latina.com's Call to Action page here.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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