Protesters march in front of the White House as Arizona Governor Janice Brewer meets inside with President Obama June 3, 2010. (Getty Images)
(CNN) – A federal judge in Arizona will hear arguments today in two lawsuits challenging the state's controversial new law targeting illegal immigrants, including one brought by the Obama Justice Department. Arizona's law is set to take effect next week and supporters say it's a response to the federal government's failure to secure the southern borders. The feds say the borders are more secure than ever. Could both sides be right? Our Casey Wiann takes a look. Watch
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Shirley Sherrod: Dad was killed by white farmer
(CNN) – Shirley Miller Sherrod has spent most of her life fighting injustice.
On the Baker County, Georgia, farm where the Miller family grew corn, peanuts, cotton and cucumbers and raised hogs, cows and goats, oldest daughter Shirley despised the work.
"I swore I would never have anything to do with a farm past high school," she said Wednesday with an easy chuckle. "I would talk to the sun as I picked cotton and picked cucumbers and worked out there in that hot field, and [say], 'This is not the life for me.' I didn't want to have anything to do with agriculture ever again."
On the night in 1965 when her father, Hosie Miller, a black man and a deacon at Thankful Baptist Church, was shot to death by a white farmer in what ostensibly was a dispute over a few cows, Sherrod - then 17 years old - changed her mind.
"I decided to stay in the South and work for change," said Sherrod, now 62, who believes her father's killing was more about a Southern black man speaking up to a white man than about who owned which animals. The all-white grand jury didn't bring charges against the shooter. Read more
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has apologized to Sherrod, who resigned from her Agriculture Department position under pressure this week over a video showing her making comments about a white farmer.
Vilsack said he told Sherrod by phone that the USDA would have another position for her should she want it. Sherrod answered that she needed some time to think about it, Vilsack said.
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