Thursday, April 26, 2012

SB1070 is Back

A Tea Party supporter flies his flag in front of the Arizona State Capitol during a Tea Party press conference supporting SB1070, the state's controversial illegal immigration law. 

After a quiet couple of years, SB 1070, the tough anti-illegal immigration bill the Arizona legislature passed and Gov. Jan Brewer signed in 2010 is back in the news. The US Supreme Court heard the case Wednesday.

In the run up to the hearing, opponents and supporters of the bill gathered at the Arizona capitol to press their case. 

Promise Arizona, a civil rights group, sponsored a vigil at the Capitol in the days leading up to the hearing and the Tea Party held a press conference outlining their support of the bill. Although there were far more opponents of the bill at the Capitol, public opinion polls generally show support for the bill. 

The court, which has shown a strong conservative bias in recent years, is expected to hand down their ruling sometime this summer. If they uphold the bill, I expect there will be a lot more protests against it. 

There are more photos of SB1070 protests in my archive and available from ZUMA Press

And students marching to the Capitol to protest the bill: