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East Valley Tribune

Maricopa County sheriff?s deputies arrested eight illegal day laborers on Saturday during a protest outside a Phoenix furniture store embroiled in a heated immigration debate.

Immigration activists have gathered on Saturdays for the past six weeks outside Pruitt?s Furniture Store to challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio?s enforcement of immigration laws.

Saturday was the first time deputies made arrests during the rallies. Deputies had arrested 24 illegal immigrants in the area before Saturday, but those arrests were not made during protests.

?I thought it was time to do something more about it,? Arpaio said Saturday night. ?The Pruitt?s situation is getting out of hand. They are demonstrating every week and destroying this business. I don?t think that?s fair.?

Arpaio said the protesters were arrested Saturday on suspicion of violating federal immigration laws.

Demonstrators began protesting at the store near Thomas Road and 34th Street in late October, when the store hired sheriff?s deputies to keep day laborers away from the property.

The store asked the sheriff?s office to help because they felt the presence of day labors was hurting their business.

More than 100 protesters have shown for the rallies, including officials from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

The union?s legal director, Daniel Pochoda, was arrested by deputies Nov. 5 after he was asked to attend a rally to observe the interaction between protesters and deputies.

2 Responses to “Maricopa Deputies Arrest Protesting Invaders Outside Pruitts Furniture!”
  1. Kevin says:

    What a biased story:

    ?More than 100 protesters have shown for the rallies, including officials from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.?

    That was in the past but yesterday, December 1, 2007, with approximately 70 on the pro-illegal immigrants protesting the anti-illegal side, Help Free America, RidersUSA, United for A Sovereign America (USA) and Patriots Border Alliance, outnumbered them about 3 to 1.

    It also leaves out the fact that Daniel Pochoda was breaking the law and MCSO deputies asked him to stop.

    ?The union?s legal director, Daniel Pochoda, was arrested by deputies Nov. 5 after he was asked to attend a rally to observe the interaction between protesters and deputies.?

    http://www.immigrationwatchdog.com/?p=5041

    ?Pochoda was participating in the day laborer demonstration in support of day laborer’s when off duty deputies hired by Pruitt’s for security asked him to move his vehicle and leave the property.?

    http://www.abc15.com/mostpopul.....17711cbce3

  2. The Watchdog says:

    Thanks for the update Kevin.

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