Anti-SB1070 protest in Denver

28 Apr

A small group of protestors near Coors Field this afternoon handed out flyers protesting Arizona’s new immigration law as the Rockies took on the visiting Diamondbacks.

Under the new Arizona law, officers can stop anyone based on “reasonable suspicion” to determine whether they are “unlawfully present in the United States.”

Passage of the law is an “open invitation to racial profiling,” said protester Julie Gonzales, director of the Reform Immigration for America campaign.

Gonzales and about a dozen others handed out flyers Wednesday to hundreds of people streaming into the park for the daytime match-up against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The flyers read: “NO to Arizona. YES to immigration reform.” A map of Arizona was layered under the text.

The flip side of the flyer was the same message, written in Spanish.

A woman dressed in Rockies gear took a flyer and exclaimed out loud: “Say no to the hate state!” as she headed for the ticket gate at 20th and Blake streets.

“Our immigration system is broke, we get that,” Gonzales said. Fixing it should be addressed at the federal level, she said. “It needs to happen now.”

Eugene Olivier, of Denver, was handed a flyer as he headed for the park.

“I think it’s wrong,” Olivier said of the Arizona law. “It could lead to other forms of discrimination and profiling.”

Derek Blass, of Denver, who paused with game day tickets in hand, said he’s vehemently against the law.

“I think the legislation is discriminatory and racist,” Blass said. Blass said he thinks the law will be overturned in federal court. “At this point we have to fight it as much as we can.”

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