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Under the Banner “We Are All Arizona” Thousands will Protest May First in the US

The United States immigrant community will be taking to the streets on Saturday May first—International Workers' Day—in 70 cities to demand migration reform and to protest an Arizona law which criminalizes illegal immigration.

Massive peaceful rallies are anticipated in 70 cities

Marchers under the billboard “We are all Arizona” will express their impatience about the several times promised migration bill that should help legalize the statues of over 11 million undocumented living in the United States.

Cities like Los Angeles in California and Dallas in Texas, where most of the Latin community lives, are expected to turn out in numbers surpassing 100.000 according to police estimates. In LA, the police anticipated it would not ask questions about the migratory condition of marchers and is preparing a huge security display to avoid serious incidents as happened on May first 2007 when law enforcement officers and protestors clashed for several hours.

Other big cities like Chicago and Washington will also witness major concentrations, with political leaders and in the capital before the White House. However, the most fury and frustration will be centered in Phoenix, Arizona’s capital, where in three months time being an illegal becomes a crime.

Under the new legislation, local police can detain and question any suspect about their migratory status—a condition originally limited to federal agents—plus sanctioning anybody transporting or employing undocumented aliens.

The strong Arizona bill—criticized both by the federal government and internationally—has, in effect, stimulated the migration reform bill which seemed condemned to be forgotten just a few weeks ago.

Immigrant communities and organizations, human rights and religious groups, Latin American governments, the Organization of American States (OAS) and Latin artists such as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, Gloria Stephan and Linda Ronstad have joined to condemn the Arizona initiative.

President Barak Obama has instructed his legal advisors to determine whether the Arizona bill is unconstitutional, in order to challenge it in court. In the US Congress, Democrats and Republicans have begun discussing possible frameworks for the drafting of a bipartisan migration reform bill that could have chances of approval.

The Arizona Capitol has been exposed to daily marches and an economic and tourist boycott has been launched against the state which has a booming trade and exchange with neighbouring Mexico.

The most active artist has been Colombian Shakira, who visited Phoenix and met with the city’s mayor and the local Latino community. She openly expressed her opposition to the Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and admitted concern about the consequences on immigrants once the bill becomes effective.

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1 Ira Curtis (#) May 01st, 2010 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
My simple non-sophisticated non-American mind tells me that to enter a country ilegally and than complain when you are being asked to identify yourself or you are being prosecuted for your actions is the biggest impudence I have ever heard off.
Remindes me of the boy who killed his parents and than asked for the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.
2 Rufus (#) May 02nd, 2010 - 06:34 pm Report abuse
I think the problem to my also simple non-sophisticated, non-American mind is that it does seem to target the Latino community, regardless of their immigration status.
In theory it doesn't really amount to much more than the law as it stood, it's just extending the power to state officials rather than just federal ones. However, it is dependant on the state officials carrying out their duties without fear or favour, and at a guess, the Latino population don't trust them to do that.
3 Nicholas (#) May 03rd, 2010 - 01:09 am Report abuse
I'm so sick and tired of this left wing nonsense propaganda. Illegal is illegal and they need to be deported. It's that simple. What the state of Arizona is correct and is doing what the FEDERAL government is suppose to do. Who cares what those so called LATINS think or say.ILEGAL IS ILLEGAL AND ILLEGAL ALIENS/IMMIGRANTS need to be deported. America welcomes LEGAL IMMIGRATION, black, white, brown, yellow..who cares..but come LEGAL.
4 Rufus (#) May 03rd, 2010 - 09:03 am Report abuse
Well, seeing as we're both commenting on the story then arguably we do. Us, and the more or less quarter of the population of AZ that isn't caucasian? And that's just to start with.
5 gdr (#) May 05th, 2010 - 09:23 am Report abuse
the Fortune Tellers say that US will be seperated into -3- parts as
California,Texas,Atlantic Republics !
Arizona will be in which side!?..in the California republic !
6 ivo (#) May 05th, 2010 - 10:01 am Report abuse
I went to Miami 3 years ago for friend visiting..
I 'm confused by what I saw ..there is not 3.World Country..
4....5. World Country...

there are super richs' villas at the southern part of city ...the rest areas
are full of miserable,broke folks...no middle-class...no living,property securities...everynight,ambulance sirens...they fear from everythings..
they drink only diet cola...not able to prepare meals at the houses...
everybody are playacter...racism is stalking everywhere.........
7 Bubba (#) May 05th, 2010 - 11:37 am Report abuse
JUST SO I UNDERSTAND THIS. YOU PASS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YRS. HARD LABOR, YOU PASS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET SHOT. YOU PASS THE AMERICAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET A JOB, DRIVER'S LICENSE, ALLOWANCE FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT SO YOU CAN READ A DOCUMENT. WE CARRY PASSPORTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES OR FACE JAIL TIME.
8 ed (#) May 05th, 2010 - 02:01 pm Report abuse
from Mid West to Pasific Coast zone has been Latin Zone really,
where invaded and grabbed by White Men .
it's very normal that wanting to take back these areas by Latinos .
9 Rhaurie-Craughwell (#) May 06th, 2010 - 03:30 pm Report abuse
And you were on of them ed! Who do you think you grabbed them from before the US did?

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