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The executive director of NDLON, Pablo Alvarado, calls the law "absolutely unacceptable to our community," and said that the organizers are urging peaceful resistance. “The other side has legislators and men with badges, but these are the only tools we have at our disposal,” he says. Mr. Alvarado says some union-sponsored caravans of workers are already scheduled to head to Phoenix from Los Angeles to protest the law.

A less vocal majority, according to public opinion polls, supporters of the immigration law are planning rallies of their own.

“An illegal immigrant is someone who bleeds ... our country, and takes [unfair] advantage of everything America has to offer,” says Daniel Smeriglio, president and founder of Voice of the People, a group based in Hazelton, Pa. He says his group plans to make that point on street corners with bullhorns beginning July 30.

The seven lawsuits may be the more effective paths to repealing the law, but legal analysts say protests like those planned engage the public attention in ways that simply following the details of a lawsuit do not.

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