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Groups against new immigration law plan ‘civil disobedience’

Groups opposed to Arizona’s tough new immigration law said Tuesday that they were planning “civil disobedience” on July 29, the day the legislation takes effect.

Alfredo Gutierrez, organizer with the group Somos America and a former state senator, declined to specify what the “civil disobedience” would be, but emphasized it will be nonviolent.

Gutierrez characterized the protests as acts of defiance and hope for the Hispanic community.

The groups plan to hold a candlelight vigil at the state capitol downtown, march to a nearby church at 4:30 a.m. for a nondenominational service and then to the federal courthouse, they said.

“One should understand the actions on the 29th are, to a great degree, actions we take to inspire our own community, give hope to our own community, against those who want us to leave the state, against those who are doing anything possible to separate our families, tear apart our communities,” Gutierrez said. “We will disavow these laws, and we will do everything possible on a nonviolent basis to change these laws.”

A federal judge could decide to block the law from taking effect pending the seven legal challenges it faces. The groups said they will still demonstrate if that happens before July 29.

The groups also urged people to refrain from buying anything on July 29 as an economic protest of the law.

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9 comments

  1. Civil disobedience? By or for illegal aliens? What are they thinking? Any moderately disciplined child could tell them, “Tantrums don’t work!”

    Our Washington bunch need to focus on solving the problem instead of attacking Arizona. Protect our border. Sort out the bad guys from the good guys. Give the bad guys to Joe and improve a guest worker program and/or a citizenship plan for the good guys.

    The problem is not ‘profiling’. The problem is ignoring the problem.

  2. All of those here illegally ,broke our laws getting here. Why should we expect you to behave any better after you arrive. I can only assume that most of you involved, are here illegally, or your family members are, otherwise you would have no quarrel with Arizona, or the law. Tell me…….What would be the general reaction, from any of you, if we as American citizens, were to go to Mexico and interject ourselves into your countries, business and laws? Considering that most of you are very “pro Mexico” I suspect that you would not be too awfully happy about it. I know for a fact that you have no interest in becoming American citizens. If you did, you would have come through the front door. Most , if not all illegal aliens in this country are here for whatever aid and welfare they can get. As long as you are here illegally, you have absolutely no standing and no basis for an argument.

  3. I think that I can tell you right now, what the next big push will be, from Mexican citizens trying to enter our country. Ready?……Political asylum, and our nitwit president, and Congress, will buy right into it. “It’s too dangerous to live in Mexico” My families life is in danger from the drug lords” It’s simply a matter of time. The only reason it hasn’t started yet, is because these people, and our moron government haven’t thought of it yet.

  4. All of those here illegally ,broke our laws getting here. Why should we expect you to behave any better after you arrive. I can only assume that most of you involved, are here illegally, or your family members are, otherwise you would have no quarrel with Arizona, or the law. Tell me…….What would be the general reaction, from any of you, if we as American citizens, were to go to Mexico and interject ourselves into your countries, business and laws? Considering that most of you are very “pro Mexico” I suspect that you would not be too awfully happy about it. I know for a fact that you have no interest in becoming American citizens. If you did, you would have come through the front door. Most , if not all illegal aliens in this country are here for whatever aid and welfare they can get. As long as you are here illegally, you have absolutely no standing and no basis for an argument.

  5. So, you are going to have a ‘civil disobedience’, are you? Good, and I hope you are immediatelly arrested and deported. The American people are sick and tired of you snubbing your nose at our laws. It’s time you get out of this Country and back to your own country where you belong. Go there and demonstrate on your soil for what you want where you have every right.

  6. All I can say is if you protesters are so set on undermining your states efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the US then you contain them in your state and support them. Don’t ask the rest of the country to assist you in your efforts. In case you missed it we are stuggling through tough economical times ans are in no position to be increasing our burdens with care of illegal immigrants and fighting the crime created from the drugs that they bring with them. We in Florida have more than our share of illegal immigrants who arrive here daily via our own highways we sure don’t need to be adding those entering the US illegally over your borders.

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