Missing conspicuously from Thursday's Phoenix protests against SB 1070 were counter-protesters. Since the Arizona measure was signed into law in April, its supporters have staged rallies and attempted to counter a nationwide boycott of Arizona by SB 1070 opponents with a "buycott" campaign, urging people to travel to the state and spend money.
Though they kept largely quiet on Thursday, supporters of SB 1070 will have their day this weekend. A group called Stand With Arizona is promoting what it calls its National Immigration Policy Summit, which begins Friday night and continues through Saturday with several promised speakers at the state Capitol in Phoenix, including state Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of the controversial anti-illegal immigration bill. A pro-SB 1070 rally is planned for Saturday evening.