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Ohio pastor arrested in Arizona protest
Melissa Carvill-Ziemer says immigration policy unjust
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Melissa Carvill-Ziemer was arrested by Phoenix police while protesting in front of the office of Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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Arizona's new immigration law went into effect last Friday - though a federal judge has blocked implementation of some of its most controversial aspects. Those include a requirement that police question the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons. Polls show most Americans support the law, and Ohio is considering a similar bill. But a group of pastors representing Unitarian Universalists in Ohio joined a protest of the law in Phoenix, and were arrested last week for blocking traffic in front of the offices of the Maricopa County sheriff.

Melissa Carvill-Ziemer is pastor of the Kent Unitarian Universalist church. She and two other Ohio pastors were arrested last weekend in Phoenix, protesting Arizona's new immigration policy.
WKSU's Jeff St.Clair talks with UU Pastor Melissa Carville-Ziemer

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Melissa Carvill-Ziermer at her home in Kent, Ohio.
Melissa Carvill-Ziemer (left) and Colin Bossen, pastor of the Cleveland Heights Unitarian Universalist Church.  Both were arrested in Phoenix July 30th.
Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, center with black hat before she's led off by Phoenix police.
 
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