Now that Arizona’s notorious SB 1070 has caught the nation’s attention, immigration may again move into front-and-center position in another Western state that is ever grappling with the issue. Yes, that would be our own Golden State of California. –KA


Both wonder if California may be next to crack down, a powerful political question in an election year where the governor’s seat is up for grabs and Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is facing her toughest re-election fight.

It is also a major social question in California, which has more people than any other U.S. state, as well as the largest number of Latinos. More than a third of the population is Hispanic and a quarter of the country’s 10.8 million illegal immigrants are here, many working in restaurants, agriculture and construction.

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