Hispanic Institute of Social Issues
Arrests, Protests, and Turmoil in Maricopa County
In October of 2007, a small group of day laborers advocates organized a demonstration against M.
D. Pruitt’s Furnishing in Phoenix, Arizona, to protest the owner’s hiring of Maricopa County Sheriff
Office (MCSO) off-duty deputies as his private police. Pruitt’s sought the sheriff’s help to crackdown
on day laborers trespassing the premises and creating other problems. The sheriff began arresting
motorists driving around the area surrounding the store, and turning over to the Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agency those who were suspected of being in the country without legal
documents. What unfolded during the following months transformed the small protest into a social
crisis in Arizona that attracted national and international attention.
The Hispanic Institute of Social Issues presents this work developed over the span of five months in
the midst and the heat of the volatile atmosphere surrounding the protests, and the sheriff's actions
to arrest undocumented immigrants. "Operation Immigration" is an intense, must-watch and
emotionally-charged testimony of a time that will go down in Arizona's -and the nation's- history as
one of the most challenging moments when some people in the United States strive to move into the
21st Century while others continue to harbor old social attitudes. This documentary is an intense
piece of contemporary history where hate-speech, racial confrontations, and near-the-edge violence
explode before the viewer's eyes.
A street-level footage documentary of the highly controversial immigration sweeps conducted by the
Maricopa County Sheriff Office in the heart of Arizona. A revealing visual testimony of a Sheriff
determined to fight undocumented immigration, and the struggle of human rights advocates and
people decided to stop him. This DVD shows an unquestionable evidence of the crude and volatile
social atmosphere prevailing in one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States.
Price: $19.95 + s/h $3.80 Total $23.80
Length: 47 minutes
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