How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Wearing his message on his shirt


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The shirt speaks for him

At a protest outside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office in downtown Phoenix, a bicyclist identifying himself only as Henry, 31, was short on comments: "I just came down to see this," he said.

His T-shirt did the talking for him.


More Phoenix protests, and a few arrests

Anti-SB 1070 protesters have gathered at different locations throughout downtown Phoenix, with some marching on to the state Capitol following a morning prayer service, while others stage a protest across the street from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Others have demonstrated outside the federal couthouse, where police said there have been three arrests.


'I want to support these people'


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Consuelo Plata and Ana Macias

Consuelo Plata, 83, is participating in the SB 1070 opponents' march through downtown Phoenix with a little help from her granddaughter, Ana Macias, 21.

"I want to support these people," said the Mesa, Ariz. grandmother. "What they (the state) were doing was wrong."


Waiting to march


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Military veterans outside the cathedral

A group of anti-SB 1070 military veterans stand outside the morning prayer service at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, waiting to join a march to the state Capitol.

"One of the things we served for was to uphold the U.S. Constitution," said one, an Army veteran and tribal member who identified himself as Running Deer. "There's a need to secure the border, but you can't target people on race."