Protesters march against SB1070

Protesters march against SB1070

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PHOENIX -

Approximately 50 people with banners and signs are marching in opposition to Arizona's landmark immigration bill, known as SB1070, signed into law three years ago.

Organizers say since the law took effect coupled with additional federal programs, there have been more deportations, separated families and racial profiling.

Kathleen Velasquez's husband is behind bars and could be deported.

"My husband is being held in Eloy.  It hurts me that he can't be with his son.. his son was born without him being there.. and he has another one and his mom doesn't let him see him.. he doesn't know anything about him.. he has his little girl, his brother.. his nieces.. his sister.. his mom.. she cries every day.. we need him home already," she said.

"Well, there's an easy way to cure all of it," said No Amnesty's Buffalo Rick Galeener.  "Stop coming illegally.  That will stop the deportations.  All they're doing is using 11 million illegal aliens to try and extort citizenship out of us."

The U.S. Supreme Court later struck down sections of the law in 2012, including the requirement that immigrants obtain or carry immigration registration papers. But the high court upheld a requirement that Arizona officers question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally.

The Puente Movement's march Monday morning began at Steele Indian School Park. The marchers were headed to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office on Central Avenue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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