Indeed, PWC's "probable cause" resolution, instructing cops to check the ID of suspected illegal immigrants, was drafted by the nativist extremist group FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform), which also helped Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce draft SB 1070.
So what happened in PWC? Latinos fled the county, causing dire economic consequences -- from a dismal housing market to businesses going under, which in turn socked the tax base. Ultimately, the "probable cause" mandate was repealed.
My colleague Niki D'Andrea wrote up the film recently for her Jakalope Ranch blog. The situation here in Arizona is much greater in scale, obviously, than what happened in PWC. But the parallels are there for all to see.
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