Tag Archives: protests

Scorched Earth: How the opposition to SB1062 caught fire

SB1062 protesters gather at the Arizona Capitol. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Anyone who thought rushing SB1062 through the Legislature would leave opponents little time to organize was sorely mistaken. Less than 24 hours after the Arizona House of Representatives approved the bill, massive protests sprang up at the Capitol, business organizations lobbied Gov. Jan Brewer for a veto, and Arizona took center stage in a national media frenzy. By the time Brewer struck down SB1062, a veto was considered a near certainty.

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Raucous debate on immigration to get under way

(AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

WASHINGTON — Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what's sure to be a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally.

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McCain lowers expectations for immigration reform

Republican Sen. John McCain (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Sen. John McCain worked to lower expectations surrounding his plan for immigration reform and hinted at difficult disagreements in Congress during an emotional town hall meeting in his home state of Arizona on Monday that saw people on both sides of the debate exchange fiery insults.

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Immigration measure sparks competing Capitol protests (access required)

While the Monday press conference to announce a bill to repeal SB1070 set up the potential for a fierce confrontation on the Capitol lawn, protestors mostly kept to their respective sides of the courtyard, with only the occasional comment volleyed between the groups. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have their opposing views on full display.

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New restrictions OK’d for Arizona Capitol protests

Arizona legislators are imposing new restrictions on demonstrations and other public gatherings at the Capitol complex, a reaction to loud noise and congestion resulting from activities that include protests against legislation on illegal immigration in the past two years.

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Protests become celebrations, followed by disorder

Small, peaceful celebrations were held July 28 after U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton halted key elements of Arizona’s immigration law, but that all changed the following day as protesters filled the streets, blocked roads and caused civil disobedience that got dozens arrested.

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Big immigration rally – Crosby, Stills, Nash rumored to show (access required)

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.

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