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SB 1070 supporters brave heat at Capitol rally

Supporters of Arizona's strict new immigration law rallied at the State Capitol on Saturday.

Despite temperatures of 107 degrees, attendees voiced their support for SB 1070 in a demonstration at the Capitol in Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic estimated that 2,000 turned out.

Pennsylvania-based Voice of the People USA, the organizers of the rally, had predicted that 10-20,000 would attend the 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. "Phoenix Rising" demonstration.

Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mesa's GOP state Sen. Russell Pearce spoke.

Tancredo, known for his rigid stance on immigration issues, said "said he could tell the value of the new anti-immigration law by the amount of hysteria from opponents," reported the Republic.

"Judging by that, this is the best damn bill that's been passed in the United States of America," Tancredo said. "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart because it got America to pay attention to this issue."

Arpaio called July 29 - the day SB 1070 is set to go in effect - the "magic day," reported the Republic.

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"That's when I'm going to start enforcing that law," he said, as the crowd began to chant, "Joe, Joe, Joe."

Arpaio vowed not to turn over any of the illegal immigrants arrested to ICE. "I'm going to turn them over to me," he said, adding there always will be room in his jails.

Daniel Smeriglio, head of Voice of the People USA, encouraged the crowd:

"I know the heat is a deterrent," Smeriglio said. "We are here to say somebody did something and we stand with you. You represent the very best of America. That is why we are here."

Smeriglio said the rally was meant to call for enforcement of immigration laws and support for Arizona businesses, as well as get the attention of politicians.

"The elected officials work for us," he said. "We have to make them hear our voices. These mass demonstrations are a way to do so."

The National Weather Service forecast high temperatures of 107 degrees in Phoenix on Saturday.

An anti-1070 march and rally at the Capitol last week drew a crowd estimated at 20-50,000. Some attendees last week claimed that up to 100,000 showed up to voice their disapproval of the law.

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Jun 6, 2010, 11:33 am
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THOSE WHO SUPPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE REMOVED ON JUNE 8 & NOVEMBER.

Through the American people have been adamantly promised that the border remains unsealed. This is far from the truth? The 2006 Secure border fence was cut back in secret meetings in Washington. The 2006 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations bill that gutted the 2006 Secure Fence Act that would have constructed the first 854 miles of the U.S-Mexico border. An amendment submitted by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX, and co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX), for the Department of Homeland Security 2008 budget was aimed at gutting the already-approved H.R. 6061 Secure Fence Act.  Sen. Hutchison in the summer 2006 had drafted S.Amdt. 2466 to H.R. 2368 (the DHS appropriations bill). “The Hutchison amendment gave DHS virtually total discretion over how and where the fence is built,” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)  the principle draftee of the law, stated, ” By eliminating the double fence requirement, the Democratic Congress is going to make it easier for drug and human smugglers to cross our Southern land ,” The double fence never WAS, instead we have the single fence line and even that fence is compromised, by wide areas of nothing but old barbed wire.

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Jun 6, 2010, 11:31 am
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The—REAL—fence was a TWO FENCES, the second , a high 15 foot fence that you usually see around a prison compound and at its peak razor wire. Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been the poisoner of any immigration enforcement, with Pelosi and a large grab bag of Dem-Liberals following the pack. Beginning now is the—BEGINNING OF THE GREAT PURGE—in California the—SANCTUARY STATE—that has defied1986 federal immigration laws in both Los Angeles, San Francisco and other different refuge states, counties and cities. Incumbents are now on the run finally as taxpayers can distinguish who is supporting the settlement of illegal aliens and lawmakers who are fighting for the rights of—ALL—Americans. Not necessarily because of the health care law already passed, but because illegal immigration is the forerunner and highly volatile owing to the those rooted here are not an asset.It is however a hundred billion dollar Ponzi welfare scheme on all IRS payees. PRESIDENT OBAMA HEALTH CARE WOULD COST LESS, THAN WHAT WE PAY OUT TO SUPPORT FOREIGN LABORERS AND FAMILIES ANNUALLY.

Incumbents are no longer running on solid ground,  as the omens testify . Blanche Lincoln has a grade of (D-) at NumbersUSA website.

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Jun 6, 2010, 11:29 am
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Mostly generated by Liberal extremists our country is under attack, by millions of foreign nationals who are stealing jobs and bleeding the welfare system in most areas of the country. Steve Poizner has promised to accelerate the removal of illegal aliens from California and return benefits to the legitimate people of the state.Whitman justifies giving illegal aliens—AMNESTY—which will further bankrupt the State? Finally, the state of Arizona realized by being a border state was being literary drained of hard come money from taxpayers. Seeing the insanity of open border lobbyists, corporate welfare and lawmakers genuflecting to ethnocentrisms organizations, who seem to have immense power. Among the politicians we placed in power, they have now proved they are anti-sovereignty and need to be succeeded by new US political soldiers who will fight for the American people. ALL PRO-AMNESTY, ANTI-SOVEREIGNTY LAWMAKERS MUST BE DUMPED?

None of the reactive attitude is about racial profiling, but about the bottom line of removing the illegal immigrant families who taxpayers are forced to support. If Americans-legal residents don’t fight back, we will be looking at massive overpopulation driven by “Chain Migration” In addition once President Obama’s is ready to force throgh another Amnesty, millions more desperate illegal aliens, will be ready to reach our soil. WE NEED THE PRESIDENT TO DEPLOY THE MILITARY TO HALT THIS ILLEGAL ALIEN OCCUPATION PLACING THEM AT THE BORDER. Obama should enforce the 1986 Simpson/ Mazzoli bill, that will stop violations of our laws. NumbersUSA has over a million members who are anti-Amnesty and slowing population growth, they also perceive that illegal immigration is draining our economy of welfare entitlements for Americans and residents. NUMBERSUSA has immigration records of Anti-American legislators to eject.

WATCH FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS VOTING?

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