Arizona immigration battle turns bitter

The Guardian – The intersection of 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road on the west side of Phoenix is lined with the same monotonous range of petrol stations, fast-food outlets, pharmacies and clothes stores that you’ll find in any modern city in America’s heartlands. It is distinguished only by the exceptionally mundane. Look closer, though, and a disturbing pattern emerges. Here is a real estate office that is shuttered and empty, here a panaderia – a bread shop – that has closed, and next door to that, a children’s clothes store also shut. Across the road a cellphone outlet is boarded up and a large grocery store has vanished. A Mexican restaurant still has its sign proudly boasting “Tacos Since 1975″, but there are no tacos being made here any more. Read article