A protest by opponents of Alabama's tough new immigration crackdown has ended without incident.
The Rev. Franklin Tate told protesters he hoped Beason and other legislators would change the "evil and cruel" law.
Alabama's overhaul, which took effect last week, is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the United States.
It allows authorities to question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond. And it also empowers officials to check the immigration status of students in public schools.