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A Major Battle "we cannot afford to lose"
|Arizona Republic -- December 9
Phoenix store, border debate rages on
Emotional protests at local battleground mirror
Reza, an immigrant-rights organizer with the nonprofit Tonatierra, said he organized
protests initially in response to ongoing harassment of day laborers
by local businesses. Laborers say Roger Sensing [owner of the
furniture store] antagonized them, photographing them and chasing
them away from businesses in the surrounding area. The Sensings
Reza takes pains to say he does not support illegal immigration.
But he also notes with evident pride that of the 44 people Arpaio's
deputies had deported from near Pruitt's as of last week, about
half have already returned across the border illegally, some
with friends. [...]
confrontation has now become essentially a do-or-die situation
for both sides, with implications far beyond illegal day labor,"
wrote Danny Smith of the American
Freedom Riders motorcycle club, in a recent message rallying
supporters. "This is no longer a mere skirmish, it is a
major battle which we cannot afford to lose. We have succeeded
in taking it to a national level of visibility, and now there
is no turning back - WE MUST WIN."