An immigrants' rights supporter protests in front of the Capitol Police at the State Capitol in Phoenix Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. A sweeping bill that targets illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace drew vocal opposition Tuesday from Democrats. The Senate Appropriations Committee was considering the 29-page bill Tuesday, a day after it was introduced by Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, who authored last year's controversial SB 1070. That law touched off a nationwide debate on whether states can enforce federal immigration laws. Democrats don't have the votes to block the measure, but the topic brought out supporters on both sides and security at the Senate was heightened, with about a dozen uniformed police officers deployed in and around the building. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)
High school students protested proposed legislation on illegal immigration at the state capitol in Phoenix.
Approximately 200 students chanted and gathered outside the Senate building on Friday.
Some carried signs saying “We have rights” and “Education not deportation.”
The protest is occurring on a day when the Legislature isn’t in session and about a week after a Senate committee narrowly endorsed a new bill sponsored by the senator who championed the state’s immigration enforcement law last year.
The group was addressed by Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix.
Then the protesters began marching in a circle in the plaza between the House and Senate buildings.
A police helicopter hovered above as eight Department of Public Safety officers arrived to bolster security.