Arizona

Sep 8, 2013 4:32 PM by Associated Press

Arizona protesters call for border security

PHOENIX - The crowd gathered at the Arizona state capitol protested a pathway to citizenship for millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally and called for more border security.

The rally drew about 100 people Saturday. Among them were former Maricopa County Attorney and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Thomas and former state Senate President Russell Pearce.

Pearce says many Americans viewed Arizona as favorable after the state passed its controversial immigration bill.

While he has no immediate plans to run for office, Pearce says he will stay engaged in the immigration debate.

The Arizona Republic reports the rally was mostly peaceful except for an altercation between protesters and a man who claimed to be an independent videographer. The man was eventually led from the ground by capitol police officers.

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