Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Haltom City students protest Arizona immigration law


HALTOM CITY -- A small group of students marched through Haltom City Wednesday morning to protest the Arizona immigration law that was signed last month.

About 19 students left Haltom High School shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to a Birdville school district official. They walked for nearly three hours to their ultimate destination at the intersection of Beach and NE 28th streets.

There, passersby generally gave the teens yells of support and thumbs up signs as they drove past.

Earlier, the students said that some passersby yelled at them to go back to school.

School district spokesman Mark Thomas said that no other campus had students in the march.

Haltom City police were monitoring the protest, but the students had not disrupted traffic.

Boys and girls carried several protest signs, one of which read, "No Arizona immigration law in Texas." Others were holding Mexico, Honduran, American and Texas flags. A few carried gallon jugs of water.

A Fort Worth school district spokesman said Wednesday that the FWISD had no reports of similar protests.

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation's toughest measure on illegal immigration into law on April 23, aiming to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.

About 25,000 people marched in Dallas last weekend to protest the new law.

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