Tension Simmers As Arizona Immigration Law Gets Implemented

August 1st, 2010 - 6:54 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
aeizonjaPhoenix, Arizona, Aug 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The state of Arizona has found itself amidst widespread conflict after a law which cracks down on illegal immigration in the state went into effect. After several hundreds of people took to central Phoenix to showcase their protest against the anti-immigration bill few days, on Saturday it was the turn of supporters of the bill who participated in a rally in city of Phoenix. In the protests that were held soon after the law was implemented, about two dozen people were arrested.

After the bill was made effective on Thursday, an estimated 200 to 300 hundreds activists congregated outside the state capitol to voice their support to the immigration bill. 34-year-old Katrina Pierson, who came all the way from Texas to participate in the rally told the reporters later that the main aim of the rally to show their support to the people of Arizona as well as the rest of nations who would be benefited from the immigration law. The controversy surrounding the bill reached a whole new level after a federal judge stripped the most intrusive sections of the legislation on Wednesday just few hours before it was to be implemented. The ruling that was given by U.S. District judge Susan Bolton is considered to be a major victory for United States President Barack Obama, who has opposed the bill throughout and is attempting to take control over the issue.

The immigration bill was passed about three months ago with the aim of driving an estimated half a million illegal immigrants from Arizona and bring the flow of human and drug smugglers across the border of Mexico under control.

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