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Immigration protest planned outside Arpaio’s jail

PHOENIX — Immigrant rights advocates are planning to rally Saturday outside one of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails to protest Arizona’s immigration law.

The protest comes during the same week that a judge gave police the go-ahead to start enforcing the law’s most contentious section.

The provision in question requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally.

The law’s opponents say some officers will racially profile Latinos in enforcing the requirement, while supporters say they are confident that officers won’t step on people’s rights.

Organizers say Arpaio’s jail was picked as a rally location because they allege that Latinos have been racially profiled in the sheriff’s immigration patrols.

The sheriff has vigorously denied the profiling allegations.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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