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New L.A. play looks at Arizona immigration law

Los Angeles writer Josefina Lopez, whose autobiographical play was made into an acclaimed HBO movie, has written a new play protesting Arizona's controversial immigration law. Detained in the Desert

"Detained in the Desert" is the tale of a dark-skinned Latina, who is a U.S. citizen, and a radio host who uses his show to promote hate. Their lives converge in the Arizona desert after the Latina is arrested for refusing to show her identification papers to a police officer.

Lopez said she felt obligated to write the play as a way of speaking out against the Arizona law, which requires police to determine the status of people they  lawfully stop and subsequently suspect of being in the country illegally. Key provisions of the law have been placed on hold by a federal judge pending a legal challenge by the Obama administration.

"I was undocumented for 13 years, and I allowed myself to be dehumanized by believing for a while that documents made me a real human being and not my soul," said Lopez, who wrote "Real Women Have Curves," which was based on her experiences growing up on Los Angeles' Eastside. "It's my time in history to act and speak up."

The play will be performed at Lopez's CASA 0101 Theater at 2009 E. 1st St. in Boyle Heights beginning October 1.

--Robert J. Lopez

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Did she even read the Law before writing this play? I highly doubt it.



LA city and county population is 10% illegal alien, and 30-40% of entire county population are recent immigrants(legal and illegal) here less than 30 years. Vast majority in either case are south of border immigrants. LA has 10 million souls which is 27 % of the states population. 3 million of those are on welfare assistance programs. 3 million is more than the population of all but two or three cities in entire US.

The vast majority of the 3 million In LA County receiving public assistance are either illegals, recent green card immigrants, or anchor offspring of illegals. LA City itself is now 70% latinoized and much of the city is a vast illegal alien- spawned ghetto dump. Example: zip 90011 which is the old historic south central part of LA just below Dwtn may be the most polluted filthy ghetto in America. It is filled with nothing but illegals.

Once in America illegals should become U.S. citizens and they don't do it and want a free hand out. "PERIOD"

Was she driving a car without a drivers license?

Oh hey y'all guess what? Police are here to protect us! And it's the law to carry and show your proper id, so quit the crying, carry your papers, ID, insurance, even your Vons card... and obey the laws of the United States! The people voted.

So, she was illegal for 13 years...she's been breaking American laws from the get go...GREATTTTTT....

Well it's true, documents make you a real human being in America...If you don't have a legitimate Social Security Number, you don't exist...

Isn't it already a law that everyone 18+ carry proper identification on them??

hmmm..last time i got pulled over for a routine traffic stop ..i was asked for my identification..

i did not one bit feel offended

Dearest readers, in response to your posts.....illegal immigrants used to have another name... They were called "THE WHITE MAN" by the REAL Americans. So, unless you are 100 percent full blooded Native American, then you yourself are an alien to the United States of America. Just because you were born here, (but your parents are of Irish, English, (add any other "white" race here) ) descent, does not give you any right or dominion over who deserves to be here legally and who does not. Look in the mirror and see who the real alien to human rights and humanity is....Looks just like you. The time to evolve is now. I pray that you may all find love and peace in your angry and scared hearts, so that the conscious and unconscious hatred and energy you are spreading can someday be thing of the past. I think everyone has missed the point on the Arizona "Law", it is about racially profiling someone based on the color of their skin, not on the whether a law was broken or not. This play of Josefina Lopez "Detained In The Dessert" will undoubtedly become a historical record for the sad state of racism disguised as "Law" in our country in 2010.

a true Native American.


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