Alejandro Miguel, 32, reenacts the persecution of Jesus Christ and comparing it
to the plight of the immigrant. The group marched to City Hall, Phoenix Police
Headquarters and and State Capitol.

AZ Central

A group of community activists marched through downtown Phoenix, using Good Friday to spread a message of their own.

The demonstration, called the “Via Crucis,” or “Way of the Cross,” was a re-enactment of Jesus’ journey to death on the cross from the perspective of the immigrant, whose plight carries him through the streets of Phoenix and ends at the State Capitol, said Jorge Mendez, who organized the event.

Mendez, an assistant lawyer with a master’s degree in theology, said the group had two central objectives in making the demonstration: to put on the table a moratorium on the immigration raids being made by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and to terminate anti-immigration laws.

Mendez said the group chose to demonstrate on Good Friday to contrast history with the reality of today.

Alejandro Miguel, a 32 -year-old Phoenix resident, played the part of Jesus.

“We represent an exploited and untolerated minority,” Miguel said in Spanish through a translator. “Our eyes have seen death, misery, and hunger, and we’ve seen enough.”

Miguel said the mistreatment of his fellow man inspired him to play such an important role in the demonstration.

To reenact the Via Crucis, Miguel adorned a robe, mask, and crown of thorns while he carried a wooden cross over three miles through the streets of Phoenix.

The procession began noon Friday in a parking lot located across the street from the El Portal Restaurant on 117 W. Grant St.

Miguel carried a cross marked with the numbers 200, 300, and 2779 - the numbers of recently passed Arizona legislation that require individuals to provide proof of citizenship to vote or apply for public benefits, denies in-state tuition to undocumented college students, and imposes penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants.

The group of about 50 demonstrators moved through the streets of downtown Phoenix, stopping along the way to make brief presentations.

Demonstrators shouted at Miguel and pretended to beat him with whips in front of the Maricopa County administration building, Phoenix City Hall, and the Catholic Pastoral Diocesan Center. The group simulated the crucifixion on the front steps on the Phoenix Police Department, then carried Miguel and the cross to the State Capitol.

10 Responses to “Illegal Aliens Protest With Crucifixion March”
  1. Matthew says:

    What a bunch of F%&KING weirdos and anti socials! They do shit like this down in meheeeco way, it’s called day of the dead or something obscure like that. I compare the leeching they do to American tax payers to nothing less than rape and I’m not gonna walk through down town Phoenix with my pants down and and embarrass my self in protest.

  2. Eddie B. says:

    Whew…. there went a perfectly good dinner. Pants fit better now though. Time to empty the ol’ bucket.

    I reallly didn’t expect the invaders to compare themselves to the crucifixation. Now that is a stretch.


  3. DfD says:

    Somebody in that same event said, “the urine stain on the wall actually is The Virgin Mary giving us a sign”.

  4. DfD says:

    Was Roger Mahony there?

  5. midwest minuteman says:

    ?We represent an exploited and untolerated minority,? Miguel said in Spanish through a translator.

    Any more need to be said????

  6. rferg says:

    Where the hell is the INS? They should be hauling all these worthless ILLEGALS away!!!!!!!!!

  7. Zorro says:

    Hah… someone needs to show them the way back to the border if they feel exploited and untolerated. I didn’t see chains on any of their feet!

  8. jo says:

    rediculous, probably no license to assemble or stage a march. notice they never demand to be treated like citizens, only like people ABOVE the law. at this point , treating them like citizens would be enough to make them self deport.

  9. litew8 says:

    Looks like blasphemy to me.

    Why don’t they ever come right out and say “It is okay for us to break the laws because…”. Do they honestly think people are so stupid to believe the lies and misinformation they spew? “terminate anti-immigration laws” - Are these people nuts? Is this some kind of joke?

    Matthew, the day of the dead is Mexico’s halloween. It has nothing to do with Christ. What they are doing is straight up basphemy.

  10. Sandman says:

    These invaders will try anything to stir emotions and change the points of the debate. Their favorite tagline is:” No Human is illegal”…In other words, America has no borders and no rules that apply to them. Good point Jo, why should Americans have to apply for a permit to march when these illegals don’t have to!

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