Thousands Turn Out in Phoenix to Protest in Support of Arizona's Immigration Law
Up to 3,000 people have gathered from around the country across from the Arizona State Capitol in support of Arizona’s new immigration law.
“It’s a grassroots effort that really took off,” Daniel Smeriglio, one of the people behind the march said Friday.
Since Senate Bill 1070 passed in late April, protests and marches have been almost a daily occurance.
The law requires that police conducting traffic stops or questioning people about possible legal violations ask them about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally.
Hundreds of motorcycle riders kicked off the downtown Phoenix rally off around by riding in a procession around the Capitol. Supporters waved American flags and some carried signs that read “What part of illegal don’t they understand?”
Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and GOP state Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa are scheduled to speak at the event.
UPDATE: American Power blog has several photos from the protest.