Dozens Protest Outside State Capitol Against ‘Anti-Immigration’ Bills

More than two dozen people protested outside the state Capitol on Monday morning against several "anti-immigration" bills, including one that could kill efforts to issue municipal IDs for undocumented immigrants.

Advocates argue Senate Bill 1017, sponsored by state Sen. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, would limit options to develop ID cards in cities statewide for immigrants to get bank accounts or use other city services. The LGBT community says having access to said IDs would make it easier for transgender and gender nonconforming people to choose the gender they identify with, according to the Arizona Republic.

The gathering of roughly 30 people was organized by the immigration rights advocacy group Puente Human Rights Movement—which recently hosted a concert with Colombian singer Juanes and John Legend outside an immigration detention center in Eloy—the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, among other organizations, theArizona Republic says.

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