Operation Immigration
Arrests, Protests, and Turmoil in Maricopa County - Documentary

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.


Title: Operation Immigration Arrests, Protests, and Turmoil in Maricopa County

Producer: Eduardo Barraza

Length: 47 minutes

EAN: 978-0-9797814-6-9

Price: $19.95