July 29th, 2010
04:31 PM ET

Protests, prayers as Arizona immigration law takes effect

Emanuella Grinberg

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/07/29/arizona.immigration.protests/t1larg.phoenix.protest.cnn.jpg caption="Demonstrators arrested outside the office of Maricopa County sheriff " width=300 height=169]

As Arizona's new immigration law took effect Thursday, opponents of the law hit the streets with mixed expressions of relief and outrage.

Demonstrators were arrested outside the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch defender of the state measure.

In addition, several nonviolent protests were planned throughout Phoenix to mark the passage of the legislation, which officially took effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's decision Wednesday to grant a temporary injunction against some of the most controversial provisions of the bill came as a surprise to some opponents of the law, who thought that the conservative political climate made the legislation's enactment inevitable.

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