Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Chicago's City Hall on Thursday afternoon to show support for a federal judge's temporary block of Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Activist, local leaders and members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights called the decision a step in the right direction, but said the immigration fight is far from over.
"We must keep on moving forward until we replace family separation with common sense immigration reform now," said spokesman Alie Kabba.
The crowd of demonstrators also praised a City Council measure, introduced a day earlier, that calls for a boycott of Arizona businesses.
Hours before the law was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, a Bill Clinton appointee, on Wednesday put on hold its most contentious element: a provision that requires police to check suspects' immigration status during routine stops if there is reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally, USA TODAY explained.