HEREFORD, AZ (KGUN9- TV)- On the Southern border of Cochise County, more than 500 gathered to rally in support of SB1070. The backdrop was the border fence itself, decorated with 16 thousand flags and thank-you notes to Border Patrol agents.
Hosted by the Tea Party movement, it's a clear sign their supporters are spreading their campaign to cover immigration issues.
"The more we give up for illegal immigration... the greater the expense to our state," said Congressional candidate Pamela Gorman.
She's just one of many who used the rally to gain support for their race. J.D Hayworth was another big name on the list of familiar faces, as well as Sen. Russell Pearce and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
"When you don't like what's going on in Washington, move the people," Arpaio told KGUN9 after giving a speech to the crowd. After his speech, he was greeted by citizens who traveled all the way from Hawaii to rally for Arizona's law.
Jim and Jackie Debiss came from New Jersey for the event.
"If it doesn't get stopped in every state the problem will keep growing, that's why we came here to support it," they said about illegal immigration problems.
Many local residents wanted to spread the word that supporters are normal, everyday citizens.
"We're not prejudice," said Cara Harris, who was born and raised in Tucson.
Arpaio answered accusations of racism the same way.
"Why do I have to defend them? I'm doing my job," he replied.
The rally was held on the private property of a ranch, with very little opposition. Many pointed to the recent Anti-SB1070 rallies, saying they too just wanted to be heard.
"We're already making an impact," said Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever. He calls the rally, and the new law a success.
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