7:32 AM, Jul 3, 2011 | comments
ATLANTA — Thousands of protesters marched around the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta Saturday to demonstrate against a tough new law designed to combat illegal immigration.
Opponents say the law sets up a hostile environment for people of color and those in search of a better life.
Capitol police and organizers estimated that between 8,000 and 14,000 protesters gathered. They filled several blocks holding signs decrying House Bill 87 and reading “Immigration Reform Now!”
Saturday’s rally follows a “day without immigrants,” when some parts of the law took effect. It was organized by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights. The organization asked businesses to close and community members not to work or shop to protest the law.
A judge has temporarily blocked key parts of the law until a legal challenge is resolved.