FACING ARIZONA

Facing Arizona: Initially being afraid of Arizona because of SB 1070

Jan 5, 2018, 12:18 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 1:28 pm
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Editor’s note: Facing Arizona is a series that will appear on KTAR.com and social media  — follow KTAR News on Instagram and Facebook for updates — highlighting unique and everyday people across our state and give you a glimpse into their lives.

“I came here as an international student after graduating college in Columbia. I came to Arizona from Portland, Oregon in 2011 with my husband who works for Intel. I was afraid to come to Arizona because of SB1070. …

“The day came in September of 2015, I took and passed my test and I was sworn in [as a citizen] that month. I was so happy that I didn’t have to worry about my status and I was proud that I was a citizen. My friends from work came to the ceremony. I have another son now, a great job and great friends, I love Arizona. Arizona has been very good to me and my family and I look forward to staying here.” – Julianna

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Facing Arizona: Initially being afraid of Arizona because of SB 1070