Countdown to SB 1070: Latin America's Response

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Arizona's SB 1070 is set to go into effect this Thursday, July 29, and the lead-up to D-day has elicited a variety of reactions from Latin America leaders. Many countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Paraguay, have filed motions against the law.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon warned U.S. officials that the new Arizona law could lead to an uptick in drug trafficking and violence by making its law enforcement less willing to cooperate with their U.S. counterparts. Approximately 30% of all immigrants into the United States come from Mexico. Both Ecuador and Argentina have challenged the new Arizona law as well, stating that it "raises substantial challenges'' to international relations.

According to the lawsuit filed by U.S. Justice Department, Arizona's law seems to infringe upon federal law, which "has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters." Both national and international leaders alike are awaiting a decision from US District Judge Susan Bolton, who heard the Dept. of Justice case against the new SB 1070 legislation last Thursday. Many local leaders are afraid that Latin American leaders will feel attacked by SB 1070, and that our neighbors to the south will retreat from relations with Arizona and possibly the rest of the United States.

For more on SB 1070, Arizona, the latest on the immigration crisis and tips on how you can get involved in the debate, visit'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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