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Protests Against Arizona's Immigration Law To Spread Across California

Opponents of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law protest outside the state capitol building on April 25, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.
John Moore
Opponents of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law protest outside the state capitol building on April 25, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Protests against Arizona’s recently approved immigration law are being planned around California for May 1. Arizona’s Governor signed a bill last week that requires police to check the identification of people they suspect are in the state illegally. They could be arrested if they cannot provide documentation. Al Rojas is with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFL, CIO. He says he’s concerned other states will follow suit.

“Now we have racial profiling being legalized in the state of Arizona, and that may be the outcome—some states wanting to take that road. And we want to make sure that not all Americans believe that is the right road and correct road.”

Rojas says there will be immigration rights rallies at the State Capitol and in the Central Valley on Saturday. Organizers are also planning a march and rally in Los Angeles.

Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer has defended the law saying border-related violence and crime due to illegal immigration are important issues in the state.