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Audio via @APFRadio: #SB1070 Copycat Bills in the South

April 29, 2011

Audio via the Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City. Listen by clicking the arrow below or download here.

On April 14, the Georgia state legislature passed a bill similar to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, which requires local law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country without documentation. The Georgia law differs in that it authorizes (not requires) law enforcement officers to check someone’s immigration status. While SB 1070 copycat legislation continues to gain momentum throughout the South, it has failed in Mississippi. To hear more about the continued attack on immigrants across the US and the efforts against the bills, we are joined by Seth Freed Wessler of and Catherine Han Montoya of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.


  • Seth Freed Wessler is asenior research associate at the Applied Research Center and an investigative reporter for
  • Catherine Han Montoya leads the Immigration Field Project at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. This multi-faceted program leverages Ms. Montoya’s expertise in grassroots organizational development and advocacy to build proactive multiethnic coalitions to address immigration as part of a larger common ground policy agenda. Ms. Montoya portfolio includes organizational development, policy development, state and local legislative advocacy, and leadership development.
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