In recent years, Arizona has taken center stage in the national and international debates focused on legal and illegal immigration, but analysts say this topic isn't new- it has been around for generations.

When governor Jan Brewer signed the controversial proposal known as SB1070 into law in 2010, our state became the focus of media coverage due to concerns about enforcement efforts such as "show me your papers."

Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante is an assistant professor in the University of Arizona's School of Journalism who is also affiliated with the UA Center for Latin American Studies.

She is the co-editor of a new book, " Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media, and Provincial Politics" which focuses on a variety of topics such as the different ways the issues are covered by the media or the history behind controversial actions.

In fact, as far back as the 1930s, when the United States economy was also in dire straits, many Mexicans and even US-born citizens of Mexican ancestry were deported by white Arizonans who wanted them to "go home."

"What we say in the book, one of our main arguments is that in order to really deal with the issue of immigration we need to deal with it in a global sense," Gonzalez de Bustamante says.

"So not just really the United States even taking measures but the nations that are involved in the immigration processes," she adds.

Gonzalez de Bustamante is holding a book signing and discussion event at the main University of Arizona Bookstore on Thursday October 4th.