Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One

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Clarissa Martinez de Castro

Arizona immigration law SB 1070 is scheduled to go into effect on July 29, 2010. Its purpose is to identify, prosecute, and deport illegal immigrants by requiring police officers to determine the immigration status of anyone they lawfully stop. While many people (including most Arizonans) approve of the law and feel it should be a national model, there has also been a strong reaction against it, as many others fear that the police may use racial profiling to identify people who may be undocumented. Opposition to the law has sparked protests across the country, a boycott of Arizona that will cost the state an estimated $90 million, and a challenge from the U.S. Department of Justice. In this edition of One-on-One, Maria explores the implications of this law—and the response to it—for the ongoing national debate.

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ABOUT MARIA HINOJOSA: ONE-ON-ONE

About María Hinojosa

maria hinojosaMaría Hinojosa is a journalist and author as well as the managing editor and host of public radio's Latino USA

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has garnered many awards and honors. Since 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States three times.

In 1991, Hinojosa won an Associated Press award for her coverage of Nelson Mandela for WNYC Radio. That same year, she won a Unity Award and the Top Story of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her NPR story Crews, about New York gang members. The NPR story evolved into the book Crews: Gang Members Talk to María Hinojosa.

She received both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award and the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for her NPR report Kids and Guns. For Manhood Behind Bars, a story for NPR that documented how incarceration has become a right of passage for men of all races, Hinojosa received the Robert F. Kennedy Award. She was inducted into the "She Made It" Hall of Fame of Women in Media. She is the author of the book Raising Raúl.

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María Hinojosa: One-on-One is a production of La Plaza, the Latino production unit of WGBH Boston.

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