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Phoenix activist Sal Reza arrested at State Capitol

Local activist Salvador Reza, left, listens as Heidi Portugal, middle, goes over her prepared speech, as Katherine Figueroa, right, looks over her speaking notes, before the children address the Arizona Senate judiciary committee as they hold their first hearing to a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, the state's latest foray into the national debate over illegal immigration at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, in Phoenix.  Both children have had parents arrested by authorities due to their legal status, attended the Senate judiciary committee as the Senate bill seeks a court interpretation on an element of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. who are "subject to the jurisdiction" of this country. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Local activist Salvador Reza, left, listens as Heidi Portugal, middle, goes over her prepared speech, as Katherine Figueroa, right, looks over her speaking notes, before the children address the Arizona Senate judiciary committee as they hold their first hearing to a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, the state's latest foray into the national debate over illegal immigration at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, in Phoenix. Both children have had parents arrested by authorities due to their legal status, attended the Senate judiciary committee as the Senate bill seeks a court interpretation on an element of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. who are "subject to the jurisdiction" of this country. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix human rights activist Salvador Reza has been arrested and accused of trespassing at the State Capitol.

Reza and a colleague were taken to the downtown Phoenix jail around 5 p.m. Thursday.

A handful of Reza’s supporters gathered outside the jail, saying they won’t leave until he’s released.

A spokesperson for Reza say he was at the Capitol filing paperwork when he was arrested by police.

Reza was arrested twice during the protests that surrounded the enforcement of Arizona’s controversial immigration law last summer.

One of those charges was later dismissed for lack of probable cause. The Arizona Republic says Reza is challenging the other with a group of demonstrators who were arrested on the same day.

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5 comments

  1. Welcome to King Pearce’s banana republic.

  2. Not a banana republic, a fascist state. Welcome to Arizona, check point ahead.
    As as a 60 year old native Arizonan, I am embarrassed beyond belief that so many people bought the lies. The shortest path to economic recovery is to recall these racist thugs.

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