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The U.S. Border Patrol detains a large group of suspected illegal immigrants at the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Arizona on Jan. 19, 2007 (AP Photo)
The U.S. Border Patrol detains a large group of suspected illegal immigrants at the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Arizona on Jan. 19, 2007 (AP Photo)

In Arizona, one in 11 people is an illegal immigrant.

Ranchers along the frontier say migrant workers cross their property in a steady flow—and with them, criminal gangs smuggling drugs and humans into the U.S. And with them, comes robbery and murder.

“You just don’t get it,” many Arizonans say to other Americans.

Now, Arizona is about to pass the nation’s strictest laws to stop the tide of illegal immigration. “Law and order,” say supporters.  “Racism” say opponents.  Meanwhile, Washington is watching.

This Hour, On Point: Arizona takes on America’s illegal immigration problem.Guests:

Daniel Gonzalez, lead immigration reporter for The Arizona Republic.

Alfredo Gutierrez, former state senator and founder and editor of La Frontera Times.com, a daily digital newspaper that advocates for undocumented immigrants and immigration reform.

John Kavanagh, Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He is a prime sponsor of the "Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." He represents the state’s 8th District, which includes Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for The New York Times.

This program aired on April 21, 2010.

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