1,500 March in Protest of Proposed Curbs on Illegal Immigrants’ Rights
Demonstrators marched from the Eastside to City Hall on Saturday to protest proposals that would curb the rights of illegal immigrants and to decry the surge of immigrant-bashing in California.
More than 1,500 people took part in the peaceful protest, which began at Indiana Street and Brooklyn Avenue and proceeded four miles to the Civic Center.
The protest was organized by the Proposition One Coalition, which favors an initiative extending the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act to allow amnesty recipients more time to become citizens.
The coalition hopes to distribute 26,000 petitions and is urging residents, legal or not, to sign them.
“The immigrants are at the bottom of the totem pole and are continually the victims of government officials because they can’t defend themselves,” said Kevin de Leon, spokesman for One Stop Immigration and Educational Center, one of the coalition organizers. “We want to encourage all immigrants to become U.S citizens and vote against those same people in office who verbally attack them.”