Saturday, March 11, 2006
AP: Massive immigration protest in Chicago
By KAREN HAWKINS, Associated Press Writer -- Saturday, 1 hour, 59 minutes ago
CHICAGO - Hoisting American flags into the air, tens of thousands of immigrants from the Chicago area marched downtown in a display of support for immigrant rights as a bill to stiffen border enforcement awaits action in the U.S. Senate.
Protesters holds signs, left, during a rally that drew thousands in downtown Chicago to protest against HR 4437, the Border Security bill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Many took up enthusiastic chants like "Si, se puede (Yes, it can be done)" and "La raza unida nunca sera vencida (A people united will never be defeated)."
The mostly Latino marchers Friday descended upon the plaza across from the federal courthouse, where they listened to speeches backing pro-immigrant legislation.
Police estimated that more than 100,000 marchers came from all over the Chicago area, many carrying -- or wearing -- Mexican and American flags. The protest was spirited, but peaceful, and there were no reported arrests or incidents.
The legislation being protested, already passed by the U.S. House, is billed as a border protection, anti-terrorism and illegal immigration control act. It includes such measures as enlisting military and local law enforcement help in stopping illegal entrants and authorizes the building of a fence along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich addressed the crowd in Spanish, telling them he is the son of immigrant parents and understands their issues. The Democrat's proclamation that "ustedes no son criminales. Ustedes son trabajadores" ("You are not criminals. You are workers") brought loud cheers.
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