On Saturday, June 12, Texans both in support of and against Arizona’s tough new immigration law, SB 1070, voiced their opinions and concerns at the Capitol grounds [video link]. A rally in favor of the law was originally coordinated by a Facebook group called Texans For Arizona’s New Immigration Law, while a counter-protest for those against the law and the group was organized by the Democratic Solidarity Committee.
Tempers flared and shouting matches ensued, but things remained relatively peaceful, as DPS officers were on hand to prevent physical confrontations. Several speakers took the podium, making their case for why Texas needs a similar law to that of Arizona’s. In between speakers, a country music band provided the soundtrack for an afternoon of chants and taunts. Students came prepared with rallying cries such as “Immigrants are marching here; no papers, no fear,” while “We’re not racist. You’re illegal” was the theme of the day for the pro-SB 1070 crowd.
Photos and video by Ajay Miranda. View more photos from this event on our Facebook page.