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Protest in solidarity with Arizona against SB 1070

On the day that the controversial immigration law SB 1070 was introduced in Arizona, over a hundred people demonstrated in Holladay Park against the new law. Portland, Oregon, 29/07/2010.
Originally the Act was signed into law by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer on April 23rd 2010 and it came into effect today ninety days after the end of the legislative session. Shortened to either Arizona Senate Bill 1070 or SB 1070 it is otherwise known as the 'Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighbourhoods Act.'

Critics of the law say that it encourages racial profiling whilst supporters voice that it prohibits the use of race as a framework for the investigation of immigration status. It was modified by Arizona House Bill 2162 in order to address some concerns.

The law targets criminal aliens, a term the government coins immigrants either legally or illegally in the country who can be deported because of crimes that they have committed. According to some figures the Obama administration deported over 380,000 people last year and ICE suggest that these figures will greatly increase for next year.

Members of local collective B Media staged a 'Wedding of the Doomed' in front of the media and demonstrators to symbolise the marriage between the local law enforcement agencies and ICE (Immigration and customs enforcement). The marriage wouldn't have been right without some community intervention, which ended up stealing the show and standing up against the marriage of ICE and the Police.

According to HS Today (Homeland Security Insight & Analysis) Department of Homeland Securit Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler said. "Over the past eighteen months, this administration has dedicated unprecedented resources to secure the border, and we will continue to work to take decisive action to disrupt criminal organizations and the networks they exploit. DHS will enforce federal immigration laws in Arizona and around the country in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor, as well as continue to secure our border. ICE will continue to assist law enforcement agencies in Arizona and across the nation to the extent its resources allow."

Today's action in Portland was sponsored by CAUSA, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Coalition amongst a host of other groups. They are collectively coming together to say no to racial profiling and the separation of families with an overall no for SB1070.

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Some Additional Pics 31.Jul.2010 21:28

Jim Lockhart

A great event, video should be coming up soon............