Since Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature and governor passed the harsh anti-immigrant law S.B. 1070 in 2010, the state has been ground zero for the nation’s increasingly acrimonious immigration debate. The policies enacted in S.B. 1070 and the rhetoric used to justify the law have angered and alienated Arizona’s Latino population—the fourth-largest in the nation. If the state’s rapidly increasing number of eligible Latino voters tilts away from the party that enacted and continues to defend the law, Arizona could turn from “red” to “blue” in November.
In advance of Arizona’s Republican caucus on February 28, we have compiled a list of important facts about Latinos and immigrants in the state.