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Immigration Rally Is Largest in L.A. History

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Posted on Mar 26, 2006

Saturday’s immigration march was so large that it covered 26 blocks at one time and took six hours to wind its way through the city.

An estimated crowd of more than 500,000 thronged downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest a tightening of the country’s immigration laws. The gathering was spirited but peaceful. There were no arrests.

  • Check out the status of the immigration bills in Congress
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  • Los Angeles Times:

    A crowd estimated by police at more than 500,000 boisterously marched in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security wall along the U.S.’ southern border.

    Spirited but peaceful marchers—ordinary immigrants alongside labor, religious and civil rights groups—stretched more than 20 blocks along Spring Street, Broadway and Main Street to City Hall, tooting kazoos, waving American flags and chanting, “S se puede!” (Yes we can!).

    Attendance at the demonstration far surpassed the number of people who protested against the Vietnam War and Proposition 187, a 1994 state initiative that sought to deny public benefits to undocumented migrants but was struck down by the courts. Police said there were no arrests or injuries except for a few cases of exhaustion.


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    By Clyde, April 1, 2006 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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    Im setting here reading all this talk about immigrants coming to America.As i read it starts to get me mad.The reason is im a Mexican American,and my entire blood line was born and raised in the U.S.A. and i would hate the day i get in a conflict with someone because they think i am a immigrant because of my skin tone.i really thought that people and the U.S.A were better then that,especially when there is Mexican Americans dieng in war all the time.i never been to Mexico,but i am proud to be a Mexican American.If people have a problem with immigrants,they should take some of the 6.8 billion dollors a week they spend on Iraq for people that dont want help,and help Mexican form job so people dont have to starve. Then Mexicans would be more then happy to stay in there own country.

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    By Andy Rosillo, March 28, 2006 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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    Don Anderson:

    If you truly believe that the issue is LAW ENFORCEMENT, then you are blind. The issue goes beyond that. On the surface the issues is sold to us by our lawmakers, on the value that this is about LAW ENFORCEMENT. But, we are only seeing the effect (illegal immigration) and not analyzing the cause. This is a problem 20+ years in the making. We share in the blame of the cause and the effect. It is wrong to ignore the fact that we have a responsibility to all immigrants, legal or illegal.

    We have created a demand in this country for cheap labor. That demand was created by our Imperialistic and Capitalistic culture. We have a corrupt business sector that continues to employ illegal immigrants. Let’s toughen up those laws first.

    We are at fault for creating this condition. Let us also take fault for disrupting, altering and meddling in the governments, economies of the countries immigrants come from.

    We have a history of getting our way with Free Trade agreements that are not beneficial to our partner countries. We have a history of supporting dictators, regimes and governments that oppress the weak and poor. All in the name of America. All in the name of our domestic needs. We are a bully country when it comes to foreign policy, economic or military.

    Well, all those years of meddling and invading for our domestic needs have created domestic issues. Now its time to deal with them, I believe we have a responsibility to them.

    And as many Iraqis will tell you, getting rid of the invaders or the illegal immigrants, is no easy feat.

    I find pride in finally seeing people standing up for what they believe in. Not being afraid of exercing their freedom of speech. I wish more of us could come together and make a statement like this about some of the other issues we face as Americans, immigrants, legal or illegal.

    We have a duty as citizens of this country to speak out on the issues we believe in.

    Don’t forget we created the problem. Addressing the issue, the way this law attempts to, is simply not right, fair or the American way.

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    By Don Anderson, March 28, 2006 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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    Friends.  The issue is law enforcement, not race.  Nobody cares where you’re from, they care that people are breaking the law.  When you enter this country legally, you become an American.  We have one of the most liberal immigration policies on the planet.  If you are proud to be Mexican, then you should consider living in Mexico.  If you want to live in America, you ought to want to be an American.  La Raza is rascist.  Nobody cares about your race.  Be an American. Learn English.  Focus on assimilating into the American culture not establishing Mexican culture here. American culture is bigger than Mexico.  It is African, French, Asian, Greek, Australian, and hundreds more exciting cultures. Don’t limit your experience.  Get an education and get a better job.  If you only speak Spanish, you relegate yourself to second-class status, and you will never achieve the American dream.  Good luck to you.

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    By ana lopez, March 27, 2006 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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    the person who wrote comment 5890….guess what kiss my ass….im fuckin mexican and fuckin proud of it….iif it wasnt for undocumented mexican workin in our fields..we wouldnt be eating what we have today…most of the us is made by mexicans we all build the us together..why be so racist….what have we done to u

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    By SURYEL, March 27, 2006 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment
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    Well first of all i’m 15,and i think that this countries economy depends on the imagrents. the people who came up with this proposition is just STUPID. he sais that onlyamericans and non imagrant won’t be effested but aren’t we all imagrents? cuz all “AMERICANS” came from europe and therefor are imagrents too! if this proosition passes this country will surely have another deprecion. well thats what i think.


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    By Jerry Valenzuela, March 27, 2006 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment
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    Easily explained, the war in Iraq does not directly affect many people in the U.S. especially undocumented illegals that cant get into any of the branches of the military.  The Law the are trying to pass will affect many people even some that are here legally.  Anywho…if the invasion of Iraq would have had more of an impact on our lives, then it would have been different but I can even tell there is war going on besides the news telling me there is one.

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    By American Citizen, March 27, 2006 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment
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    We have enough problems in America and too many of our own citizens to feed, house and educate without having to care for millions of illegals too.

    I think the recent legislative proposals are more than fair in spite of their source.

    Down with the Mexican invasion—long live The American Independent Republic!!!

    # # #

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    By malosgrrl, March 27, 2006 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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    This is just the beginning. We are becoming stronger by the minute. We were under estimated and now our force will speak. Just imagine if do not show up to work in one day. The US economy will go to the floor just with one day. We need stronger actions. No Viloence however, we need to show that we are majority and we need respect.

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    By Goofy, March 27, 2006 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment
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    es good that were makin a revolucion. it for a big causa. but if it passes seria una “miseria” para everyone. even the legal citizens

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    By Susan Nelsen, March 27, 2006 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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    Could have used this kind of support against the war, or any one of BushCo’s illegal grab for power….

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    By mogli, March 27, 2006 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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    very telling that an immigration reform bill (or should that be anti-immigration bill?) motivates hundreds of thousands to take to the streets and demonstrate against it. meanwhile, the illegal war rages on in iraq, american men and women dying and getting maimed daily, but the american people sit home. why is it that in other countries, such as thailand and belarus, people march and demonstrate against their corrupt and incompetent rulers, while americans watch the oscars? maybe they do not deserve a democracy, prefering a dictatorship instead.

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    By jacobo, March 27, 2006 at 8:18 am Link to this comment
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    Bravo, revolucionarios although our protesting won’t be enough because our politicos have proven themselves to be untrustworthy.  Even with the enormous energy that’s being mobilized, it’ would be a mistake for us to settle for the least onorous of the immigration bills now pending in Congress.  Our movement needs to come up with a plan of its own for resolving this so-called immigration crisis.  Among other features It should include demands for reversing NAFTA because that’s what’s driving millions of Mexican and Central American farmers to this country (subsidized corporate agro-business, that is).  Our success is guaranteed because ell pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!
    Adelante companeras y companeros.

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