Advocates for immigrants say many Hispanics in Arizona have lived in fear of the police since SB 1070 was passed two years ago, and that the part of the law that was upheld threatens to tear families apart.
And although the law clearly targets Latinos with roots across the southern border, minorities of all colors stand to identify with the undocumented immigrants in the crosshairs. Miriam Yeung, the head of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, said minority communities are "wrapped to these discussions and conversations" and that "it is a motivator for us at the polls."
"I think we're living in really tense times about what it means to be here, how we navigate difficulty and how welcome or not welcome our families are," she said. "The volume does get way turned up at this point."
At the same time, a perhaps unsurprising USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday reported that Hispanics care just as much about immigration as they do health care and unemployment. In the survey of Hispanics, those three issues got 20 percent of the tally when they were asked to choose the issue most important to them. Obama has a commanding lead over Romney among Hispanics nationally, though the campaigns are more focused on the Latino vote in swing states like Florida and Nevada.