PHOENIX -- Rallies were held for supporters on both sides of Arizona's immigration law on Saturday. The "National Day of Action against SB 1070" rally took place in downtown Phoenix Saturday morning. And the "Stand with Arizona" pro-SB 1070 rally was held at Tempe's Diablo Stadium Saturday evening.
Both events were peacful, passionate gatherings of like-minded individuals in support of their respective positions. However, a few supporters of Arizona's new immigration law were also on-hand at the anti-SB 1070 rally.
Two men carrying loaded weapons and waiving a confederate flag said they were there to support SB 1070. One man was carrying a loaded shotgun and wearing a White People's Party shirt. The other said he was a big fan of Hitler, calling him a "great White civil rights leader."
When asked why they broght loaded guns to the event, the men said they needed to defend themselves and they were ready to fire.
Many of the protesters feel that Arizona's new immigration law was written by people with similar views. SB 1070 was co-authored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which as been categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center has as a hate group.
Linda Brown of the Arizona Advocacy Network says, "I don't mean to say that anyone who agrees with 1070 agrees with those views, that is not the case. But it's important for people to know that there are folks in this country who feel that way...and they were the authors of this bill."