Judge strikes down parts of Arizona’s SB 1070

(Washington, D.C.) July 28, 2010 – Judge Susan Bolton of the U.S. District Court for Arizona today issued an injunction preventing the most egregious sections of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law – SB 1070 – from going into effect tomorrow. The order covers the sections criminalizing immigrants for failing to carry documents with them at all times and requiring police to ask anyone for papers proving citizenship or legal status during traffic stops or housing inspections if they had a “reasonable suspicion” the person was undocumented.

“At the Kino Border Initiative’s Center for Deported Migrants in Nogales, Sonora, we are seeing increasing numbers of repatriated migrants each day. Hundreds of people come to us with blistered feet and with broken spirits,” said Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., of the Kino Border Initiative.

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Crossing Nogales: a video exploring immigration issues on the border

Kent Kissinger, a volunteer with No More Deaths, worked with the Kino Border Initiative in Ambos Nogales recently, and produced this video titled Crossing Nogales: A documentary of immigration issues on the border between Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.

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On the frontier with deported migrants

Second-year Jesuit novice Travis Stoops spent several months working with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in Washington, D.C., Nogales, Ariz. and Nogales, Mexico.

I encountered the cracked and blistered feet of people trying to cross the desert, the broken and strained legs of those trying to jump the fence, and the psychological anguish of those separated from family and friends.

Read more about his experiences here and here.

Click the play button below to hear him describes his experience working with migrants on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Slideshow: Kino Border Initiative

Video: Overview of the Kino Border Initiative

Kino Border Initiative underway

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and five partner organizations officially launched the Kino Border Initiative in the twin cities of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A., on Sunday, January 18, 2009, with a Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nogales, Ariz.

Partners in the Kino Border Initiative

Partners in the Kino Border Initiative

The Kino Border Initiative “is the culmination of a three-year process of reflection, discernment and conversations along the Arizona – Mexico border about the reality of migration and the most urgent needs with respect to migration in general and for our Church in particular,” said Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., of the California Province, Executive Director of the KBI.

Read more here.