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San Diego May Day Protest To Focus On Arizona Immigration Law

San Diego May Day Protest To Focus On Arizona Immigration Law
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.