Immigration Protesters Await Their Fates at Trial

During a protest over enforcement of Arizona’s tough new immigration legislation, many demonstrators were arrested and charged with misdemeanors stemming from the incident on July 29, 2010.

According to The Associated Press, six of the advocates saw their trial end August 1 and the rest of protesters’ trials concluded in the last few months.

Justice of the Peace Frank Conti is expected to rule on all of the cases at the same time, and the demonstrators must anxiously await whether they will be found guilty or innocent.

The protesters took the streets over a year ago in Phoenix to rally against the state’s immigration law on the day it was to take effect.

Defendants in the case come from a wide range of backgrounds. On trial are the Reverend Peter Morales, president of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association, and Salvador Reza, a leader of an immigration-rights group in Phoenix. Others include an art student from UCLA, a security guard for a music venue and an official with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

In another demonstration against the immigration law on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, thousands of protester estimated to be involved in a five-mile march to the state’s Capitol building, the Los Angeles Times reports.