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Immigrants Rally At State Capitol

Aired 5/21/12 on KPBS News.

Immigrants from across California gathered at the state Capitol today to lobby for immigrant-friendly legislation.

Hundreds of immigrants rallied on the Capitol’s north steps touting a platform of bills they say would protect immigrant worker rights, public safety and religious freedom. Democratic Assembly member Tom Ammiano says the bill he’s authoring, called the Trust Act, would set limits on a federal deportation program. That program informs federal immigration officials of the legal status of an arrested immigrant.

"We will have many people in California who contribute to the economy, to family life, to religion. Deported, incarcerated, denied income and split from their families, this is not democracy,” said Ammiano.

Among other reforms, the bill would only allow the sharing of fingerprints with federal immigration officials when immigrants have been convicted of a crime, not just arrested.

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Avatar for user 'DomesticTraquility'

DomesticTraquility | May 22, 2012 at 11:58 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Typical hate America media propaganda. Immigrants already have rights and freedom.
These people are illegal aliens, they are intruding foreign career criminals, they are the polar opposite of immigrants. And the politicians and media who support them are traitors.

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HarryStreet | May 23, 2012 at 4:31 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Why don't we just get this over with and give amnesty to everyone in America illegally. How bad could that really be?

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HarryStreet | May 23, 2012 at 4:37 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

I've reconsidered. We do know many came here to improve their lives and have built a decent American life for themselves and family. I would support immigration reform that permits them to remain legally in the US.

The catch would be determining who built a decent life. Remember, common sense is everyone's own perception. I would also like to see Tom Ammiano go to Mexico and demand government reform there so that so many Mexicans don't have to feel compelled to leave in search of a better life. I know we have gray areas to fix, but shouldn't he be protecting our borders from illegal immigration too?

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 23, 2012 at 5:39 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

*DomesticTranquility wrote: ......."they are intruding foreign career criminals, they are the polar opposite of immigrants".

Ummm, yes they broke the law coming to a country illegally in the hopes of making a better life for themselves, but that doesn't translate into "career criminals."

Sometimes people who are not normally criminals break the law out of desperation - a hungry person might steal food, or a person living under oppression might cross a border without permission.

To imply this equates to a serial rapist or some other type of career criminal scenario is just hateful rhetoric.

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