The Common Good

Hispanic's Arrest Reignites Debate Over Arizona Immigration Law

Date: November 12, 2013

The Arizona ACLU said Tuesday that police in that state have used racial profiling to target Hispanics under that state's strict immigration laws, filing a legal complaint against the city of South Tucson and opening up another legal battle against the state's "show your papers" law.

"It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that's what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as you can, and sometimes all you can do is pray for a miracle," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, an evangelical group pushing for legalization.