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Immigrants Rally for Rights in SD

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Aired 5/1/09

People gathered at San Diego City College near Downtown San Diego today to rally and march in support of immigrant rights. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

— People gathered at San Diego City College near Downtown San Diego today to rally and march in support of immigrant rights. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

May first has traditionally been a day to champion workers rights. But for the past few years immigrant issues have gotten attention too. People at today’s rally were calling for a stop to immigration raids and deportations and increased migration rights. William Vera helped organize the event. He says immigrants have a history of being blamed for the country’s problems.

“It’s no different today. They’re being scapegoated like they have in the past. In the depression era, there was a deportation era in the southwest where million were getting deported back Mexico or Central America,” he says.

Vera says intolerance for immigrants is on the rise because of the nation’s struggling economy. A crowd gathered to hear music and speakers before beginning a march down Broadway to a park near Horton Plaza.

Katie Orr, KPBS News

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