Black Eyed Peas join Mexico in protesting Arizona immigration law SB1070 [video]
A handful of protests were staged Thursday in Mexico against Arizona immigration law SB1070, and a Black Eyed Peas member this week joined other musicians such as Shakira and Kanye West in denouncing it.
In Pictures The scene at the US/Mexico border
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The country was joined by Black Eyed Peas star Taboo, who debuted a protest video online this week against the law. "I believe there's been an injustice in the state of Arizona," Taboo, a Mexican-American, says in the video (below). "I oppose Bill 1070."
Protests against the law have crossed international borders – with a rallies also held Thursday in the United States and El Salvador – and spanned artistic genres, with a growing roster of musicians – from American metal band Rage Against the Machine to Mexican rockers Café Tacvba – joining in a ban on playing concerts in Arizona.
In Jalisco state's capital of Guadalajara, dozens of demonstrators filled the main square in solidarity with migrants in Arizona on Thursday. They denounced the law even though its key provisions were blocked by a US judge on Wednesday.
"We are against the spirit and letter of the Arizona law,” Gilberto Parra, a former congressman, said in a telephone interview from the demonstration. “We are calling on our government to demand that Barack Obama pass a comprehensive reform for all workers in the United States.”
In Mexico City, demonstrators marched outside the US Embassy on Wednesday. When they learned of the US judge’s decision to freeze the most controversial elements of the law, they broke into applause and shouts of “Si Se Pudo” (Yes We Could).
'Step in the right direction'
Wednesday’s 11th-hour injunction blocked the most controversial elements of the law, including requirements that police check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants. The injunction also froze sections of the law making it a state crime for undocumented migrants to work or for foreign residents to fail to carry immigration documents. But provisions that prohibit employers from hiring illegal migrants, or from stopping a car to pick up day laborers, remain in the law.