‘We Are Human’: Arizona Immigration Law Sparks Protests

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April 25, 2010: Thousands of protesters gather outside the Arizona State Capitol building in Phoenix to oppose a recently passed immigration law. The law, Senate Bill 1070, was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on April 23. It requires law enforcement officials to demand immigration papers from those they “reasonably” suspect to be in the country illegally.

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a longtime advocate of immigration reform, speaks to reporters at the protest. Gutierrez, who addressed the protesters in Spanish, pointed out the the law does not take effect for 90 days: “In these 90 days, we will demonstrate our solidarity. That’s why we are here.”

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A protester holds a sign that roughly translates to “Attention! Your Papers Please!! Now!!”

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Arizona State Police officers watch the demonstrators.

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