May 29th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Thousands descend on Phoenix to protest immigration law

Protesters from several states swarmed the streets of Phoenix on Saturday to rally against Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Protesters from several states swarmed the streets of Phoenix on Saturday to rally against Arizona's controversial immigration law.

(CNN) - Protesters from several states swarmed the streets of Phoenix on Saturday to rally against Arizona's controversial immigration law.

Sarahi Uribe, one of the organizers for the National Day of Action, estimated 50,000 people were expected to turn out for a five-mile march to the state Capitol.

The new immigration law allows police officers to check the residency status of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or possible legal infraction if there is reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal resident. Critics, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, have said the law will promote racial profiling.

Supporters of the bill say its aim is only to enforce federal law. However, critics and supporters of the law seem to agree on one point: that the federal government has not done enough to curb illegal immigration.

The American Civil Liberties Union is leading a court challenge to the new law. Holder, who met with a delegation of police chiefs from Arizona and elsewhere this week to discuss the law, has given no indication whether the federal government would file a legal challenge.


Filed under: Arizona • Immigration
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. D.

    Dividing and ruing, the oldest political trick in the book is this president's policy. this is the Obama exciting the base: why should people who are legal (be they hispanic or whatever) listen to this and want the US not to have sane immigration policy (no one suggest to mistreat people just to organize and protect the country).
    Will the old trick in the book work, with this Chicago streets' p-resident it may work?

    May 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. JK Ashburn, VA

    50,000 people. Wow. That will be a shot in the arm for the Arizona economy. Just think of all the hotel rooms, food and beer they will consume. Way to provide moral and financial support to Arizona!

    May 29, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Gene

    Left wing reporting as usual. Did kyou bother to count the other side protesting on the side of the law? Oh No, they have just as much and the entire nation up to 65% Reason not to mention this

    May 29, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. katiec

    We already see discrimination with law enforcement. How many of you have seen instances where cars are speeding, etc, but who gets stopped but the ones with an older cars and many times, of a different race. This gives law enforcers the right to pick and choose and discriminate. Of course there are some who will not, but with the hatred, racism already present against immigrants, etc in AZ , law enforecement has been given a free rein.

    May 29, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Dean

    I wonder what would happen to a WASP how was questioned by the police on suspicion of robbery or some other criminal activity and did not produce any form of identification................................According to all these people protesting they wouldn't have to produce any id.

    May 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Bob Of Lompoc

    This is the only business the RightWingNut Desert Patrol is going to get. Die slowly, AZ bigots. On your way out the Door of Earth, please turn off the lights, which you don't use anyway, and just before to arrive at the gates of Hell, recall how nice it was when you only had to deal with the Desert Heat. What a bunch of knuckleheads.

    May 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. dc

    We all have seem the action movies when the Feds show up they say, "we'll take it form here". The AZ immigration Law over steps on the Feds. This will lead to a breakdown on command, especially in a case of emegency. AZ should never pass this law, just beef up enforcment. Targeting drugs,human trafficing,and employers would get broad support from all sides on this issue.

    May 29, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. ib

    They need to shut up; this law was needed and I wish every state would pass one just like it. Enough is enough; send the illegals home to their home country not ours.

    May 29, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Freda Speakmore

    What do they mean by "stop separating families"? How about asking the Mexicans who leave their families to fend for themselves in Mexico to come over here? Aren't they the first link in separating the family?

    There is no common sense with this "mob" of protesters.

    May 29, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. nsinex

    And while they are there they will be sleeping in Arizona hotels and eating Arizona food.....so much for their Arizona boycott.

    May 29, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Zaggs

    When these same people protest the kidnappings, killings, drug trade and other violent acts committed by illegals then maybe I'll listen to them. Until the time they stop supporting such violent acts they should just go away.

    May 29, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Karl in Charleston,SC

    The protester's sign in the picture says" Stop seperations of families."
    The law actually reunites families...in Mexico.

    May 29, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. jeff jackson, alabama

    It would be great if the media would do
    some research and find out just how many
    of the 50,000 are even FROM ARIZONA.
    This is a lot of bull crap over such a
    common sense law.

    May 29, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. truth

    the protestors will have as much success as the thousands that descended upon D.C. to protest healthcare. another lesson learned frm this administration- ignore adversaries. point taken ;-)

    May 29, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Alex

    More power to the protesters. Okay, so the law outlaws "racial profiling," but just because the letter of the law says racial profiling isn't allowed doesn't mean that it won't happen.

    Simply enforcing the law won't work. Simply deporting people isn't enough. Who will pay for all of that? Us, the taxpayers, that's who. We need immigration reform.

    May 29, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Go AZ!

    May 29, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. RH

    The only legitimate question about the Arizona law is whether the power to make immigration law and policy is exclusively reserved to the federal government under the constitution. I wonder how Kagan feels about that.

    There's always going to be a question as to the integrity of your law enforcement and judicial personnel when it comes to the fair and impartial application of many, many laws – it's an unavoidable and measured risk. Reasonable suspicion is a long standing and court backed standard in policing – one with which I suspect few critics of Arizona's law have any problem when it's applied in the investigation of drug dealers and weapons smugglers.

    May 29, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Johnny Five

    In other news, there were 5,000,000 people marching in favor of flooding the US with water to sink it.

    May 29, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Dale

    When the next "9/11" happens with nukes, the same people complaining about this law will be the same people complaining why some one was in this country illegally and was not stopped when there was evidence to prove the bombers intentions.

    May 29, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Tom Jane

    Well the good news is all the people who are "boycotting" AZ economy and tourism just lost 50,000 people to support AZ economy and tourism.

    May 29, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. artraveler

    Don't expect to see the crowd or estimates of its size on FAUX news.

    May 29, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |