March 25, 2006

No, this isn't an anti-war march.

It's more than 100,000 500,000 people marching in Los Angeles today to oppose GOP-backed changes to US immigration law.

More than 500,000 people in the streets of LA

Taking to the streets, sending a message to Washington.
[Photo: Matt Warnock/AP]

Tens of thousands of immigrant rights advocates from across Southern California jammed downtown to march Saturday in protest of federal legislation that would build more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border and make helping illegal immigrants a crime.

Protesters, many with their families and wearing white shirts symbolizing peace, came from as far away as Riverside County for a mass rally. They thronged the steps of City Hall, perched in trees and sat atop bus kiosks, chanting "Mexico!""U.S.A.!" and "Si se puede," an old Mexican-American civil rights shout that means "Yes, we can."

The crowd was estimated at 100,000 and growing at noon, police Sgt. Lee Sands said. There were no arrests or injuries....

It was the largest of a series of school walkouts and work stoppages that were held Friday and Saturday around the country. They are expected to culminate in a "National Day of Action" April 10 organized by labor, immigration, civil rights and religious groups.

The US House of Representatives has already approved HR 4437, which would make it felony to be in the US illegally and impose tougher penalties on employers who hire undocumented workers. The Senate will start its debate on its version of the House bill this coming week.

TalkLeft has more background on the proposed immigration law here.

Via AP.

More: The LA Times has extensive coverage of today's march and rally here.

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