The first anniversary of Arizona's controversial immigration law (1070) brought together opponents who held a march and a rally at the Arizona State Capital. A few Tea Party members held a counter protest.
One year after the adoption of Arizona’s controversial immigration law (state senate bill 1070) the controversy still rages. Court decisions have put several components of the bill on hold waiting for the courts to rule on their constitutionality.
Opponents of the legislation marched one mile the park named after famed activist, Cesar Chavez, to the state capital. The several hundred participants addressed many state issues including the recall of elected officials, the dream act, and immigration reform.
When they reached the state capital they were met by approximately a dozen Tea Party activists who support the legislation. Police from three different jurisdictions formed a human barrier to separate the two groups. The pro-1070 used a megaphone siren, taunts, and signs to express their opinions from the sidewalks since the capital lawn had been reserved by the opposition.
Featured speakers included United States representative Luis V. Gutierrez, state senator Steve Gallardo, and local activist Salvador Reza.
There were a few minor arguments between the two groups. Police reacted to maintain control.
As the rally came to a conclusion, 1070 opponents gathered in front of the state capital holding American flags and balloons. A few speakers addressed their concerns. The group formed a prayer circle and then released their balloons.