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Immigrants march in Phoenix protest, L.A. planned

March 24, 2006

PHOENIX (Reuters) – As many as 12,000 immigrants and
supporters marched through the streets of Phoenix on Friday in
the latest of a series of protests in major U.S. cities that
seek to stop legislation seen as punitive to undocumented
workers.

One organizer in Los Angeles predicted “hundreds of
thousands” would march through downtown on Saturday, and
Chicago police on March 10 estimated that 75,000 to 100,000
rallied to protest proposed changes in immigration law.

In Phoenix, some 10,000 to 12,000 marchers took to the
streets in a peaceful but boisterous action, said city police
spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill.

Many of the protesters have focused on a bill passed by the
U.S. House of Representatives in December. That bill, sponsored
by Republican Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner, calls for
tough border security and enforcement measures and would make
it a federal crime, instead of a civil offense, for
undocumented workers to live in the country.

The U.S. Senate is set to take up immigration legislation
next week. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee
Republican, plans to bring to the floor similar border security
and enforcement legislation.

But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a
Pennsylvania Republican, is pushing his panel to draft broader
immigration legislation that would also create a temporary
worker program and legalize some of the 12 million illegal
aliens living in the United States.

Protesters such as Los Angeles march organizer Javier
Rodriguez say the protests are to oppose Sensenbrenner’s bill
and press for legalization and citizenship for the estimated 12
million undocumented workers in the United States.

“It is a crusade to force the right-wing government to give
us legalization, and we are not going to take anything less,”
he said.

Protesters such as Los Angeles march organizer Javier
Rodriguez say the protests are to oppose Sensenbrenner’s bill
and press for legalization and citizenship for the estimated 12
million undocumented workers in the United States.

“It is a crusade to force the right-wing government to give
us legalization, and we are not going to take anything less,”
he said.

The protests are part of rallies planned across the country
in the next several days, with protests planned on April 10 in
10 cities.


Source: reuters