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Scapegoats in the Sun

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0022
Scapegoats in the Sun

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May 12, 2009, began typically for Leopoldo Arteaga, owner of Mesa Groundskeeper, a landscaping company in a suburb of Phoenix, this chapter states. At six a.m., Leo, in his mid-sixties and a worker, began trimming 400 linear feet of oleander, a bush that grows aggressively in the Arizona heat. By eleven o'clock, the men had filled an eight-by-twenty-foot trailer with oleander clippings. Leo began towing the trailer to the landfill in nearby Pima County. He was driving east on Apache Trail Road and was about to leave the city of Mesa when he stopped at a red light. On the green, he started to move forward but noticed a Maricopa County sheriff's unit with its roof lights blazing behind him. Leo pulled to the side of the road. He looked in the mirror and saw three sheriff's cars, followed by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement van. This chapter describes what happens.

Keywords: Leopoldo Arteaga; Mesa Groundskeeper; Phoenix; oleander; Arizona; landfill; Pima County; Maricopa County; sheriff; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Chapter.  5337 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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