SB 1070 Opponents Protest In Downtown Phoenix

By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
April 26, 2012

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of people marched in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon in protest of SB 1070.

The group gathered after the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the controversial immigration bill. Opponents say they will continue to protest regardless of what the court decides.

Civil rights organizers, Native Americans, and other ethnics groups joined the gathering. The march started at the plaza, went past Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office and ended at the Phoenix headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carlos Garcia leads the immigrant rights group Puente. He says even if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to uphold part or all of SB 1070, the community will fight back.

“We’re gonna continue to organize forums, actions, what ever it is we need to do,” Garcia said. “So for us the fight doesn’t stop there, it continues until we stop and put an end to family separation here in Arizona.”

Melanie Renteria came with her two sons. She’s a third generation Mexican-American and -- with a statue of the Virgin Mary in her arms -- says she had to be here to protest the unfair treatment of Latinos.

"I’ve been stereotyped since this has happened," Renteria said. "And it’s been heartbreaking."

Earlier in the day a small group with the Arizona Tea Party rallied in favor of SB 1070 at the state capitol.

Meanwhile, in Washington, Governor Jan Brewer released a statement Wednesday saying she was filled with optimism the court will rule in Arizona’s favor.

SB 1070 Protest In Phoenix