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Protesters sound off at State Capitol about border security

PHOENIX - Protesters took to the Arizona State Capitol lawn Friday calling for legislators to secure the border.

About 40 people showed up to demonstrate against the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America and illegal-immigration in general.

One protester, Vince Ansel with Riders for a Sovereign America, said he wanted to see the Obama administration and Arizona lawmakers secure the U.S. border.

"The problem that we have now is that the present immigration law is not being enforced," he said.

Ansel also said that those who have crossed the border illegally need to be sent back to their home country.

"This call for immigration reform is a farce," Ansel said. "It's just putting more laws on top of laws that are already not being enforced to begin with."

Demonstrators carried signs, some of which read, "Return to sender," "Viva la S.B. 1070" and "No amnesty."

Ansel said he and his fellow demonstrators would continue protesting Saturday.

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A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.

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