Arizona high school students protest against immigration law

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Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas
Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas
Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas
Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas
Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas Students from Valley Vista High School in El Mirage voiced their opinions of the immigration law. By Jennifer Thomas

MARICOPA -- Students across the Valley protested against Arizona's immigration enforcement law on Friday.

Students at Maricopa High School assembled Friday morning to protest against the recently signed immigration bill.

A spokeswoman for the city of Maricopa said the protest began peacefully. However, when school administrators asked the students to return to class, they instead took the protest to the streets.

One student was detained for obstructing traffic when he stood in front of a car. The student was taken inside and issued a civil traffic citation then released.

Students fearing he had been arrested began to march to Maricopa City Hall to protest.

A group of more than 100 students stood across the street from City Hall and chanted. Maricopa spokeswoman LaTricia Woods said said several students participated in civil conversations with two Maricopa police officers.

"Lawful assembly is a protected right for all citizens," said Maricopa police Sgt. Stephen Judd. "However, we want to ensure that people do it safely and with regard for others."

No arrests were reported.

A group of students who walked out of class Friday morning at Valley Vista High School in El Mirage also voiced their opinions.

Approximately 100 students marched to a nearby park where they were joined by others from the community to voice their objection to the law.

In Mesa, a small group of students stood in front of Skyline High School, showing passing motorists how they feel about Arizona's new law.