Two sides of the immigration debate

Congressmen Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., held a forum on the topic of immigration at Pima Community College’s Proscenium Theathre on April 17. The forum turned contentious when several audience members began to shout during Grijalva’s and Gutierrez’s speeches. Grijalva and Gutierrez stressed the importance of becoming a documented citizen and using immigration law not to pursue families, but criminals. As attendees began to leave the auditorium, protesters gathered outside displaying signs supporting strict enforcement of immigration laws.

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10-year-old Bobby De La Rosa speaks through tears to an audience of more than 150 people to tell the story of his mother’s arrest by Border Patrol agents six years ago. Bobby was the first speaker during the forum and explained how his mother’s deportation has led to the separation of his family in order to make ends meet. (Nick Meyers/ Aztec Press)
Jim (no last name given), a local actor and self-proclaimed republican, has a friendly discussion with Jim Thomas, a member of the Southside Presbyterian Church and democrat, on issues ranging from immigration to abortion laws. Southside Presbyterian Church currently shelthers Rosa Robles Loreto. (Nick Meyers/ Aztec Press)


Curtis Baxter quietly listens to Congressman Raul Grijalva’s opening statement. Baxter arrived as a protester but did not interrupt or shout during the presenters’ speeches. A small group of motorcyclists from a local motorcycle group attended the forum to hear out the congressmen and voice their own opinions on the subject of immigration. Several members of the group left during Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s speech to join the protesters outside. (Nick Meyers/ Aztec Press)


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Del Dawley is escorted out of Pima Community College’s Proscenium Theatre by PCC police officers April 17 after protesting an assertion by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., that immigrants fall under the protection of the American flag. Dawley remained outside for the rest of the forum, gathering with other protestors and voicing an opposing perspective on the immigration debate. (Nick Meyers/Aztec Press)


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