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Immigrant Rights March Starts Along US-Mexico Border

The group will start in San Diego, head to Arizona and then to Sacramento to lobby for migrants & farm workers rights.


Aired 2/2/12

Immigrant Rights March

— A march to remember migrants who died along the U.S.-Mexico border gets underway Feb. 2 in San Diego.

Immigrant rights activists plan to caravan to several destinations within the next 10 days. The event starts at Cesar Chavez Park in the Barrio Logan neighborhood.

From there, they'll caravan to a cemetery in the Imperial Valley where unidentified migrants, who have died crossing the border, have been laid to rest.

They also plan to meet with the family of famed labor leader Cesar Chavez during a visit to Yuma, Arizona. This year marks the 50th anniversary since Chavez founded the United Farm Workers.

Enrique Morones is with the group Border Angels. The organization, which sets out water in the desert for migrants crossing the border, has been organizing the event for seven years.

The poster for the 7th annual Marcha Migrante (Immigrant Rights March) which ...
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Above: The poster for the 7th annual Marcha Migrante (Immigrant Rights March) which starts Feb. 2 in San Diego.

"The Marcha Migrantes have been very important," Morones said. "The first one, we went to 40 cities in 27 days, and that was to help spark the national marches."

This year, the march will focus on the legacy of Cesar Chavez.

"We will be promoting Cesar's 10 principles," Morones said.

The schedule also includes a trip to Sacramento, where activist plan to meet with lawmakers to discuss farm workers rights and immigration reform.

Organizers expect more than 100 people to participate. The march is scheduled to end Feb. 11 with a ceremony at Friendship Park along the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego.

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mohombre | February 2, 2012 at 2:21 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I am hopeful that everyone is keeping these 10 principles in perspective. I feel the same as most people do regarding human rights in general. Let us not pretend that we are talking about many jobs that American workers feel that they are to good for, and these jobs would not get done without immigrants to do them. I am grateful for this aspect of the workers rights. At the same time, I am also aware that there are those immigrants who seek to work that are of a legal immigration status, and then there are those who are here illegally. There is a BIG difference. And while we as a nation are working towards immigration reform, those who are here illegally still make demands. Those of you who are here illegally and are demanding any kind of rights, just remember this, if you were here as a Legal Immigrant, we would not have a problem. Please do not turn away from those who seek refuge here in the United States, but please do remind them that there is a process to Legal Immigration.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 2, 2012 at 4:26 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

I hope they Stop at the state line and DON'T try and enter the Fascist Republic of Arizona.

Their Dictator Janice Kay Bewer might hop on her broomstick and fly over to wave her wrinkly finger in their faces and racially profile them.

She may then take them to the Republic's famed "Phoenix Hilton" prison where her henchman Joseph M. Arpaio will put them in pink undergarments and make them it fried baloney for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Arizona, what a "pretty" place to visit, no?

Well, at least it's a dry heat!

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 2, 2012 at 5:38 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

+ Janice Kay *Brewer*, not *Bewer*

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Brittanicus | February 2, 2012 at 7:47 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Nevada--has the same problems as the Sanctuary state of California, Arizona that has been overwhelmed by poverty from the large influx of illegal aliens. The only difference is the legislators in California and Nevada disregard their resident’s pleas for help and still pander to foreign nationals. That's why all Governors, Mayors and every official, who supports this growing plague must be removed from office. Every person who wants the 2006 real double fence, The Legal Workforce bill, recognized as E-Verify and The Citizenship Birthright Act amended should join the Tea Party or other strong advocates on this matter. Illegal immigration costs California $10.5 Billion annually, with Nevada annual fiscal burden of immigration to be approximately $630 million as according to the Heritage Foundation. Powerful interests in the state garner the benefits, while the average legal California family gets handed over nearly $1,200 annually. So what’s the real cost in Alabama or any of the other 47 States?

Fortunately it just goes to show that legal immigrants especially generations of Hispanics are against illegal immigration and are for enforcement, by their positive vote in Florida for Mitt Romney. They too are suffering from the indignation as being blamed from the 500.000 that illegally enters America. Of course Nevada has its own set of problems, for it also has been flooded with illegal aliens. They have infiltrated the service industry, entertainment and worse hit of all—construction. Taking jobs for bonefide US citizens and legal residents, who were rejected as Contractors and sub-contractors could make more money from discount labor. They didn’t have to offer benefits to foreigners, who swarmed Nevada during the height of the real estate boom. Other then Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, Gingrich and Paul cannot be trusted with their promises to the foreign nationals, as they are against the fence and are calling with a Path to legality--that is not what the general public want?

In one of the latest polls Maine voters were asked about their views on legal immigration. A substantial majority of respondents, 59 percent, judge that overall levels "are too high and should be reduced," while only 6 percent believe immigration should be increased.
Among the key findings of the poll:
• 65% believe that illegal immigration negatively affects Maine.
• 78% oppose in-state tuition subsidies and/or admission of illegal aliens to public universities.
• 65% support state involvement in immigration enforcement, similar to policies enacted in Arizona and other states.
• 43% believe illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers, while only 32% believe they fill jobs Americans will not do.
• 59% support reducing overall immigration to the U.S., while only 6% support increasing immigration.

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Brittanicus | February 2, 2012 at 7:48 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

In California and Nevada millions of jobs that should be in the hands of citizens, instead have been stolen by people from across the globe. Huge amounts of expenditures have been growing, because of careless use of Taxpayers’ dollars by politicians. Specific to Border States is the spiraling high cost of millions of illegal aliens pouring in, demanding equal rights to US citizens. 22 million Americans are out of work and President Obama has passed executive orders, so hundreds of thousands of unlawful migrants and immigrants without a criminal record can stay here. Farmers want the cheap labor, as they remain exempt for paying their medical issues or even their children's schooling. Democrats will look the other way in all elections, as illegal aliens are voting and will again through 2012. These are two unfunded mandates that the US government pays nothing towards, and state compliance laws is mandatory and forced upon Americans by the courts. The low estimate for paying for all these unfunded mandates annually is $113 billion dollars. Except to stay here, you have to have food, medical care and for their children and education. Staying here it means you have to commit a felony, as to find employment you must possess a legitimate Social Security number, unless the employer is committing an illegal act themselves. Therefore using some persons SSN is a victim of identity theft and that is a –FELONY.

As a patriotic American people we cannot afford to stop pursuing full, mandated “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” or mandated nationwide E-Verify. Without it our countries businesses will be overrun by illegal workers in every sector of industry. The circumstances have now become so critical, owing to the millions of jobless citizens, legal residents that our government needs to insist full operation of the computer based application. E-Verify is a valuable tool that has expanded to a growing number of honest businesses that have participated in the removal of foreign nationals.

There is toxicity amongst the Democrats and Republicans, who have an irrational view and are eager to destroy any immigration enforcement at our undermanned border or tourists who overstay deliberately. As it stands a path to citizenship, espoused as Immigration reform wants to legalize all those already here. Can anybody imagine if foreign countries supported their citizens that America would not be suffering the problems of foreign workers and their families crowding the emergency rooms of major cities, educating their children and feeding off the limited benefits afforded the US population? E-verify must not be undermined or thrown into the waste pit of good immigration bills?

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Brittanicus | February 2, 2012 at 7:48 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Phone 202-224-3121 is the Washington center switchboard, to express your infuriated feelings and anguish at Senators and Representatives of both parties. Obamacare for all Americans will be inundated with illegal immigrants and will just drive more of them into our nation. They keep declaring no health care treatment for any illegal people, but unl ess the mandated federal bill such as E-Verify is operational, then how can we distinguish from the legal population and those who have broken immigration laws? Under such a Congressional law, the long trek home will begin if illegal workers cannot find a job. Those business owners who fail to comply could end up in prison or fined millions of dollars? All immigration bills need to be passed before Obama tries to pass another failed amnesty, as in 1986.


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