Immigration rally in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Immigration is perhaps one of the most controversial topics in the nation and Saturday people rallied against Alabama's immigration law.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Montgomery to voice their opinions on the state's new law.

Elizabeth Campbell opposes the law and says she "Wants politicians to understand that we are people of many colors, many faiths, many ethnic backgrounds."

Though those at the rally oppose the law, many other residents and lawmakers say the state of Alabama is in need of a stronger immigration law.

WSFA 12 News received a statement from Governor Robert Bentley who says,

"The federal government did not do what it was supposed to do to enforce laws against illegal immigration. That is why I campaigned on the need for a strong immigration law in Alabama. The legislature passed that law and I signed it. I will continue fight at every turn to make sure we have a strong immigration law in Alabama."

The issue surrounding the law is now in federal court. The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, the Southern Poverty Law Center and a number of other civil rights groups filed a motion to block the law from taking effect in September.

A hearing on that motion is set for August 24th.