Foes and Supporters of New Immigration Law Gather in Arizona
PHOENIX — Two sides of the immigration debate converged here Saturday, a throng of several thousand marching for five miles opposed to Arizona’s new immigration law and another large gathering expected at a nearby stadium this evening in support of it.
Organizers said the timing was coincidental, with both sides taking advantage of a holiday weekend to bring out the masses. But the gatherings promised to encapsulate in a single day the passions surrounding the national immigration debate recharged by the new law, which will expand the state’s role in immigration enforcement.
Banging drums, blowing whistles and carrying placards denouncing the new law — “Do I Look illegal?” many of them said — the largely peaceful march opposed to the law was one of the largest since Gov. Jan Brewer signed it April 23 and brought thousands of people to the capitol plaza.
“It’s going to get ugly here in Arizona,” said Irasema Carranza, 24, a United States citizen married to an illegal immigrant who has been told he has to wait 10 years for legal papers. She marched with him and their young daughter.