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POSTED: Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 4:21am

UPDATED: Monday, May 31, 2010 - 5:42pm

Phoenix, AZ - A protest over Arizona's controversial new immigration law attracted some 20,000 people.

Marchers covered several city blocks on Saturday.

They hoisted signs and raised fears that Hispanics, legal or not, will be targeted...

"It's not fair that people have to live in a state and feel afraid of the police, afraid of their local government."

"This law violates our fundamental principles of human dignity and human rights."

Among the marchers, a student living in this country illegally...

"I cannot go back to where I was born. I don't know anything from there. I need to be here. This is my country and I love it so much."

While public opinion polls show broad support to the law, gun-toting counterprotesters found themselves in the minority...

"Being a Nazi is un-American. Don't you know that?"

"Go tell that to the person down there with the Mexican flag."

The march comes after the U.S. Justice Department threatened to sue Arizona over the law.

The state's attorney general insists the law is constitutional and he will fight back.

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STILL REEKS A LOT LIKE RACISM TO ME. I RECALL THAT BACK IN THE DAYS OF WWII THE GOOD OLE USA OPENED THEIR TO WELCOME ALL AND ANYONE FROM MEXICO TO WORK HERE IN EL PASO AND ELSEWHERE.COMPANIES LIKE R.E. MCKEE, THE POPULAR, JACK VOWELL,GOOD OLE WILLIE FARAH, BECAME RICH PAYING MEAGER WAGES TO THE ILLEGALS WE NOW HATE!!AS A MARINE VETERAN I CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW FAST WE FORGET THAT SOME OF THOSE ILLEGALS MIGHT SAVE YOUR RACIST LIVES!!GOD SAVE AMERICA!!!!
PACO

we all can complain as much as we can do, and NOTHING is going to be done about it. Just imagine what this city would do if every home owner protest and just do not pay his property taxes for 1 year???? I am against this protest (picture) especially that the banner is written in Spanish, and I have no idea what they are bitching about. Of course I can guess what they want, and I say to them pi.....off. Go back to Mexico and change your country's law not ours.

So what happened to the 50K plus that was supposed to inundate our capital? 20K is over stated. Looked more like 12K from where I stood. The restaurant business was booming. Could't find a seat downtown at all the bars and parking was hard to find. Oh thats right, the Suns were losing to the Lakers.

A particular group of people illegally misappropriate their residence by forcing the Native Americans out. Later discovered that they were not capable of working the land to make it productive. As a result they brought workers in from the continent of Africa by constrain in order to facilitate in making the land which was illegally obtained habitable. How ironic Hispanics are performing various tasks that ordinarily we would not do and yet we consider them a threat to our country’s economy.

I think you have your history a little warped. But what can we expect from someone who went to school under todays education system. Doesn't help your cause to reinvent history or make up stories you can't back up.

Must be a tender point!!

Bye bye illegals. We don't want you here.

Go protest in Mexico, that is where the problem is. Let President Calderon know you won't take it anymore and fight for your country to take care of you, don't protest here carrying the Mexican Flag, we are in America. If you love your country so much, then go back!! Can't understand people living here flying the Mexican flag outside their homes, bumper stickers or window logos with the Mexican flag.
Go back, no more freebees! How many live here with Chihuahua, Durango plates, etc.?

yes and I do not see the cops giving them a ticket either. I thought that after living here for 30 days anyone is suppose to get a Texas licence plate, but I do not blame the Mexican as much as the New Mexican, we have them living all around us with these plates, so they do not pay our licence taxes nor our inspection sticker taxes. I would love to see this city doing something about it insteed of raising our property taxes one more time. If I have to abide by the law, so can they.

Like i said before, if you become legal and a productive citizen of this country then i will gladly give you my pen to cast your vote but till then why are you burdening our economy, our schools, our resources when your home country won't even do the same for us. If you used half the power of what your doing here you could be doing that in your home country to change it where it is really needed. Glad to see your worried about yourself and not your own people in a whole.

If the law is unconstitutional let the Demogratic Process resolve it. I am not opposed to having marches to oppose any law that is not good, that is our right.The spirit of the AZ is to protect its citizens. Illegals are creating a huge tax burden on us. Wave the American flag in the rallies and protests. Don't wave another country's flag. That country has laws that is like the Az Law. That county is discriminates to the countries just south of it.

In order to stop bad laws we need to vote. How many of us Hispanics go to the polls?If bad laws go into effect we are just as much to blame if we don't use our right.FYI, I work in Juarez. I get pulled at least 2 times a month for having Texas license plates. I get asked for ID and there have been times I have been asked for my passport. Why did the Mexican President object to this law when he has one like it?

I am spending my money in Arizona. I have one kid going to college at U of A and the other with a job and family. We visit twice a month and now we buy there and bring the merchandise back to El Paso. Sorry El Paso, you loss. City Counsel what a joke.

Really people? How many protesters have read the Arizona law?

Being here ILLEGALLY is just that, ILLEGAL.

Arizona has the right to make laws that protect your state against those that choose to break the law...

EL PASO TAXPAYERS, YOU ARE PAYING FOR THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL ALIEN STUDENTS IN YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, EPISD, YSLETA AND SOCORRO. VOTE NO ON THE EPISD BOND ISSUE THIS UPCOMING JUNE 15TH.

THE SAME PROCESS IS GOING ON AT UTEP NOW AND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR ILLEGALS TO HAVE THEIR TUITION PAYED FREE OF CHARGE. WHAT ABOUT U.S. STUDENTS THAT CAN'T GET FINANCIAL AID THAT ARE FROM THE U.S. AND LIVE HERE IN THEIR HOMETOWNS? THIS IS A DAMN JOKE, WAKE UP AMERICA. QUIT GIVING FREE HAND OUTS!!!!

What the heck???????

Illegal is illegal period. This has nothing to do with Nazis or being Mexican. It has to do with following and inforcing the law that has been in the books for years. Of coarse all the illegals who have been draining our economy don't want this to pass. But us hard working citizens from alot of different countries do!

It's amazing how much people NOW claim to love America so much but have done nothing to stay here legally,so much for speaking out the other side of your bellybutton. A student who has been here getting free education and food stamps for her and the family for 11 years got caught driving with out a license,registration or insurance was to be deported but the school administrators stepped in and now she gets to finish her schooling. We have been ignoring the law long enough,NO MORE EXCEPTIONS!!

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