9 arrested at protest of Ariz. immigration bill

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 20 at 6:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Nine Arizona State University students were arrested Tuesday at the state Capitol in Phoenix during a protest against a sweeping immigration bill intended to ramp up law enforcement efforts in Arizona.

As members of the immigrant advocacy and faith community spoke out strongly against the legislation, the students chained themselves to a door closest to the legislative wing of the Capitol.

They were soon after arrested and taken to the Maricopa County jail.

Attorney Antonio Bustamante, who represents one of the students arrested, says the students chose to chain themselves to the Capitol doors to "block the bigotry that was emanating from the Legislature" and send a message to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The new measure is on Brewer's desk, and she has five days to veto it, sign it into law or do nothing and allow it to become law.

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