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San Diego May Day Protest To Focus On Arizona Immigration Law

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Aired 4/30/10

Immigrants rights activists in San Diego plan to join their counterparts nationwide on Saturday to ask the U.S. Congress and president to overhaul the country's immigration system. Saturday is May Day, or International Workers Day.

— Immigrants rights activists in San Diego plan to join their counterparts nationwide on Saturday to ask the U.S. Congress and president to overhaul the country's immigration system. Saturday is May Day, or International Workers Day.

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During the past week, Arizona's strict new immigration law has galvanized immigrant and human rights groups in San Diego.

Arizona's law is expected to boost attendance at Saturday's May Day marches nationwide.

Adriana Jasso, with the American Friends Service Committee, will participate in the San Diego rally.

"If communities outside of Arizona don't take the time to organize, then we may see ourselves looking at a bill that goes more towards criminalizing migrant communities rather than recognizing their contributions," says Jasso.

About four years ago, some 50,000 people marched in San Diego's streets to protest a strict immigration bill. It would have made it a felony to be undocumented or to help someone who was.

Jasso doesn't expect that kind of turnout this year.

The rally kicks off at 11 in Chicano Park.

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Avatar for user 'sluke'

sluke | May 1, 2010 at 4:33 p.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

Illegal aliens would make very poor citizens. If they were good citizens they would go home and fix their own country instead of ruining mine.

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jessicaresendiz | May 3, 2010 at 10:42 a.m. ― 4 years, 7 months ago

Every person sould be able to protect! Even an illegal alien!! They are as hard working as other american as for sluke what makes you think that they will make poor citizens? Each person decides their own future.

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jfeld222 | June 24, 2010 at 4:34 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

There are many many studies that show that illegal (as well as legal) immigrants continue positively to our GDP. They are one of the major reason social security has not gone bankrupt. Turning AZ into a police state to try and enforce a broken immigration system does not make sense.

-Jason Feldman
Attorney at law
http://www.immigrateme.com

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