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PHOENIX -- Nine people arrested for blocking traffic during an immigration protest are out of jail, but their fight is far from over.
“We have been cold, we have been tired and hungry, we slept on the dirty floor, but we completely 100 percent stand by our message of no more deportations and if we have to do it again, we will do it again,” protester Danielle Nieto said.
A total of nine people were arrested Wednesday evening as part of a march to protest Senate BIll 1070.
“As long as we are able to send our message not only to people in Arizona but to the Supreme Court and everyone in Washington, D.C., we will continue to do it over and over as long as it takes,” Sandra Solis-Castro said.
It's been two years since SB 1070 was signed into law and some 30 other states have since introduced similar legislation. Still, this group of protesters doesn’t believe Arizona's immigration law is the answer so they continue to fight.
“You gotta say something, you gotta do something,” Bobby Castaneda said.
But at this point, the law's fate lies with the U.S. Supreme Court and some say these arrests are an act of desperation.
“For us it's what we're left with, it's how we tell people there is a crisis going on,” protester Carlos Garcia said. “We can talk about it, have a press conference and march, but we really need to show how important it is and how tired we are of losing people from our community.”
These people accused of disorderly conduct spent the night in jail and were arraigned Thursday morning while supporters watched from the lobby of the Fourth Avenue Jail, applauding when the judge released all on their own recognizance.
“These young kids out here knew they'd be arrested in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights," said their public defender, Jim Leonard. "This is the civil rights movement of today and if we celebrate those from the '60s, indeed, we should celebrate these young people.”
The nine protesters will be back in court May 16 to answer to those criminal charges, including disorderly conduct.