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Hundreds of Angelenos heading toward Arizona to join protest

07-30-2010 10:57 BJT

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Angelenos left for Arizona on Thursday to join the protest there as a controversial immigration law takes effect in the U.S. state.

Protestors against the Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070 immigration law attend a rally in New York, the United States, July 29, 2010. The immigration law takes effect in Arizona on Thursday with some key portions blocked by a federal judge.(Xinhua/Shen Hong)
Protestors against the Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070 immigration law attend 
a rally in New York, the United States, July 29, 2010. The immigration law takes effect 
in Arizona on Thursday with some key portions blocked by a federal judge.(Xinhua/Shen Hong)
Organizers said that even though key portions of the Arizona law were blocked by a federal judge, immigrant-rights activists thought it was necessary to travel to Arizona to protest the measure.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, blocking several sections of the law from taking effect.

Most notably, she blocked the provision that requires law enforcement officials to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws, if they reasonably suspect the person is in the country illegally.

Other provisions of the law still go into effect on Thursday, such as the portion of the law that creates misdemeanors crimes for harboring and transporting illegal immigrants.

Arizona Governor Jane Brewer said she would appeal the ruling.

Unions and religious groups in Los Angeles say the fight against the Arizona law is not over and they want to show their willingness to continue the fight.

"People that come here deserve rights. They deserve equality. They don't deserve to be harassed," protester David Feldman told reporters before heading toward Arizona.

Brewer signed the law, Senate Bill 1070, in April. The law makes it a crime to stay in the country illegally and empowers local law enforcement in Arizona to check the immigration status of people suspected of staying in the country illegally. But the measure specifically bars police from racial profiling.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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