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California Groups Rally Against Trump Immigration Crackdown

Guadalupe Chavez, center, and others yell during a protest outside of the U.S...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: Guadalupe Chavez, center, and others yell during a protest outside of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services building in San Francisco, Monday, May 1, 2017. I

California Groups Rally Against Trump Immigration Crackdown

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Laura Moreno, immigration coordinator, Unite Here local 30

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Immigrant rights groups and unions opposed to President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown were set Monday to protest it at rallies Monday in at least a dozen California cities.

Marches were planned in cities from Santa Rosa to San Diego. Tens of thousands were expected in downtown Los Angeles after groups in years past held separate May Day events joined together this year.

Students at San Diego State University and San Diego City College are expected to gather for afternoon rallies on those campuses. A rally will also be held at 3 p.m. at the Federal Building in downtown San Diego. Demonstrators plan to march to Chicano Park.

The Mercury News in San Jose reports (http://bayareane.ws/2pAcz9E ) about 10,000 demonstrators were expected for the city's afternoon demonstration. Many San Jose businesses were expected to close for the day and officials announced some bus routes will be rerouted.

Photo credit: Abel Macias

Chicano Studies professor Rosi Escamilla at May Day rally at San Diego City College, May 1, 2017.

Walkouts at dozens of California schools and businesses were also expected for the May Day rallies, with hotel workers in Oakland and neighboring Emeryville planning to walk off from the jobs in support of immigrant workers.

Immigrant advocates hoped to draw large crowds in their attempt to convince Trump and congressional lawmakers to rethink efforts to boost deportations and pressure local governments to assist federal deportation agents.

"We are being challenged like never before, and we have to step up to the plate and deal with the situation and offer some hope to the community," said Juan Jose Gutierrez, coordinator of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition in Los Angeles.

Union members march globally May 1 in support of workers' rights. The event in 2006 became a rallying point in the U.S. in support of immigrants when more than 1 million people marched against a proposed immigration enforcement bill.

The demonstrations waned in subsequent years as groups took different approaches on immigration, including lobbying and voter registration.

But large crowds were expected this year as diverse groups united in opposition to Trump came together to support the marches.

In San Francisco, immigrant rights groups have joined with Muslim organizations and women's advocates, said Roberto Hernandez, organizer for the city's May 1 Coalition.

A similar coalition emerged in Los Angeles, said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.

Since taking office, Trump has sought to deport more immigrants in the country illegally and announced plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The measures are opposed by many state and local leaders in heavily-Democratic California, which in recent years has adopted immigrant-friendly policies such as issuing driver's licenses regardless of immigration status.

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