Puente Kicks Off "Undocubus" with Pro-Immigrant March
|Pro-immigrants demonstrators headed to the Phoenix ICE building|
About 200 hundred people peacefully protested Saturday morning against the immigration policies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the federal government in a march starting at a Central Phoenix park and ending at a local immigration office.
Puente, the Phoenix-based human-rights group, organized the one-mile walk from Steele Indian School Park to the local offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators carried signs reading, "We will not comply" and "Migration is a human right" while chanting slogans such as "No papers, no fear!"
As the protesters arrived at ICE's office, a mobile stage truck blasting Spanish-language music set up shop in the agency's parking lot, which is usually closed off except for those who have an appointment. The demonstrators voiced their opposition against Arpaio and immigration officials on their own turf.
The demonstration was a kick-off event to a national bus tour that Puente has planned. Dubbed the "Undocubus," its 30 undocumented passengers plan to be at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 4.