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Big immigration rally – Crosby, Stills, Nash rumored to show

Police are preparing for a crowd of between 25,000 and 50,000 people to protest at the Capitol this weekend that could draw the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash and, unfortunately, not Young.

Rumor has it the famous trio of crooners will make an appearance, though it’s not been confirmed. If Neil Young was expected to be here, I would be much more excited, frankly. But even without him, this protest rally is likely to be much larger than the ones that preceded it.

The protests started last month after the Legislature passed S1070, which led to Arizona’s new immigration law, and continued until after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill. Those initial rallies topped out at a few thousand people, though they attracted a lot of national media attention.

Saturday’s protest, though, will be the first of what likely will be a series of weekend rallies. At least two more protests are scheduled for the following weeks, according to Arizona Capitol Police officials.

In 2006, an estimated 100,000 people marched at the Capitol to show support for the rights of immigrants, so Phoenix is no stranger to large protests. But S1070 changed the tone of the immigration debate, and many police agencies no doubt are preparing for the worst while hoping for a peaceful demonstration like the one four years ago.


  1. Come to Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ Sat. night, May 29th
    6:00-8:30pm. This is the rally to “be at”!!
    Many wonderful speakers, many tables with literature, great folks to
    talk with,good eats and drinks.
    Enjoy our diverse and wonderful state and share in our “buycott”,
    to help AZ become and stay a safe and productive state.
    SB 1070 is all about public safety for all our citizens of every


  3. its sad when the ignorant use draft dodgers, heroin addicts and cokeheads as their symbol of freedom for law breakers.
    good luck there buddy

  4. I came across a good debating resource that allows you to post comments and cast votes either for or against the New Immigration Law of Arizona without prior registration. I really recommend it: http://www.civiltalks.com

  5. Arizona’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers even more than once thought — a whopping $2.7 billion in 2009, according to researchers at the public interest group that helped write the state’s new immigration law.

    Also, the savings to the state will far overwhelm any fallout from boycotts (estimated at between $7 million and $52 million) being threatened in the wake of the law’s passage.

    The 2009 breakdown shows that illegal immigrants take $1.6 billion from Arizona’s education system, $694.8 million from health care services, $339.7 million in law enforcement and court costs, $85.5 million in welfare costs and $155.4 million in other general costs.

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