06/03/2010 08:27 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Thousands Defy Heat, Walk Winding Route to Protest SB 1070 in Phoenix

Thousands of people marched from Steele Indian School Park to the State Capitol. The march took place exactly two months before SB 1070 in implemented, and more actions against it are expected in the next 60 days. Marches and protests in Arizona have been the rule rather than the exception. In 2006, large demonstrations in Arizona and around the country began trying to persuade federal government to pass legislation that would give millions of undocumented people living in the United States a path for legalization.

A national coalition of civil organizations among others has sued Arizona over the passage of the new law. It is expected that the federal government also challenge the law in the next days or weeks. With this march, organizers intend to maintain the pressure on President Barack Obama to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Both opponents and supporters of a reform feel the federal government has failed to act timely, giving place to the current tense social atmosphere over undocumented immigration in Arizona and elsewhere in the country.

Photo: Eduardo Barraza