PHOENIX – This past Saturday, nearly 2,000 people joined together at the Arizona State Capitol, all in support of Arizona’s new immigration law which has received harsh criticism from liberal media as well as many Americans.
Daniel Smeriglia, one of the people who planned the march and rally, said, “It’s a grassroots effort that really took off.”
Such marches have been nearly a daily occurrence now since late April, when Senate Bill 1070 passed.
This law allows and requires that police conducting traffic stops or questioning people about legal violations also ask them about their immigration status, granted the police officer feels their is “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally.
Among the protesters, several held signs which said “What part of illegal don’t you understand?”, while others rode around on motorbikes adorned in red, white and blue.
Another protestor, John Anderson, said, “Arizona is doing what America should be doing.”
When Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known throughout Arizona for his efforts to target and deport illegal immigrants, showed up to the rally, the crowed eagerly changed, “Joe, Joe, Joe!”
With the attention of the crowd, Sheriff Arpaio said, “We’ll put tents from here to Mexico.” This is in reference to tent cities some local jails use, to house inmates as they are waiting to be moved to other locations.
Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado and GOP state Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa, the author of the law that is set to go into effect July 29, also spoke at the rally.