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Illegal immigrants urged not to participate in May 1 boycott

Many advocates for illegal immigrants are urging people not to participate in the worker and student boycott planned for May 1. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

The Service Employees International Union represents about 12-thousand workers in San Diego County. Many are undocumented. And one of the union's goals is to support members' efforts to gain legal status.

On May first, thousands of people across the country are expected to skip work and school to demand just that for the 12-million illegal immigrants already in the country.

However, SEIU's San Diego spokesman, Matt O'Connor, says there's a better way.

O'Connor: "Really what's going to get the attention of those who don't realize undocumented workers contribute an enormous amount to the welfare of our community is certainly would come election day if we could register those who are eligible to vote and get them to the polls."

O'Connor says it's not as sexy as a walkout, but political participation has more significant impact in the long run. He's encouraging people to participate in an evening rally.

Los Angeles' Cardinal, who was a vocal leader of last month's marches, has also said he does not support the May boycott. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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