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    Illegal immigrants to protest at Ala. capitol

    Illegal immigrants to protest at Ala. capitol

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    Nov 15, 2011 1:42 PM EST


    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -

    Activists are stepping up their protests against Alabama's new law clamping down on illegal immigration.

    A dozen illegal immigrants are planning an act of civil disobedience on Tuesday afternoon at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery.

    Parents and young people will deliver a letter to state legislators asking them to tone down their rhetoric over the law. Organizers say the participants will then risk arrest by waiting for a response to their request.

    Participants from as far away as California plan to join in.

    Federal courts have blocked parts of the Republican-backed law from taking effect, but both supporters and critics still call it the nation's toughest state law against illegal immigration.

    The Obama administration opposes the law, which is calls an overreach by the state.

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    A dozen illegal immigrants are planning an act of civil disobedience on Tuesday afternoon at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery.
    Here's hoping the ICE van will hold a dozen or so. They are already engaging in civil disobedience just by being here.
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    Self-professed illegal immigrants protest at Ala. State Hous

    Self-professed illegal immigrants protest at Ala. State House

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    Nov 15, 2011 1:42 PM EST
    Updated: Nov 15, 2011 4:53 PM EST

    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

    Chanting "no courage, no change", "undocumented, unafraid" and "stop the hate" a small group of activists have stepped up their protests against Alabama's new law clamping down on illegal immigration.

    They're currently sitting in the middle of the street near the Alabama State House complex where they're holding a planned act of of civil disobedience.

    Parents and young people said they would deliver a letter to state legislators asking them to tone down their rhetoric over the law. Organizers say the participants will then risk arrest by waiting for a response to their request.

    Participants from as far away as California are said to be joining in.

    Authorities, though on hand, have not intervened in the protests and no arrests have been made at this time.

    Federal courts have blocked parts of the Republican-backed law from taking effect, but both supporters and critics still call it the nation's toughest state law against illegal immigration.

    The Obama administration opposes the law, which is calls an overreach by the state.


    Two unidentified men protest Alabama's illegal immigration at the Ala State House.


    Hispanic protesters carrying signs like "Juan Crow"



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    Police arrest 11 protesting Ala. immigration law

    Police arrest 11 protesting Ala. immigration law

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    By BOB JOHNSON Associated Press
    Posted: 11/15/2011 02:39:02 PM PST

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Police arrested 11 protesters outside Alabama's Statehouse Tuesday as they demonstrated against the state's strict new law clamping down on illegal immigrants.

    About 100 people, most of them Hispanic and college-aged, chanted slogans as they marched in light rain around the state Capitol and to the adjacent Statehouse where the legislature works.

    Some sat down on Union Street between the Statehouse and the Capitol when police approached and warned them in English and Spanish that they would be arrested if they didn't move.

    None did and police arrested them, tying their hand with yellow straps and loading them into a city bus. It was unclear what charges the protesters would face.

    Federal courts have blocked parts of the Republican-backed law from taking effect, but both supporters and critics still call it the nation's toughest state law against illegal immigration. The Obama administration opposes the law, which is calls an overreach by the state.

    After walking all the way around the Capitol one time, about 20 of the protesters entered the Statehouse and went up to the seventh-floor office of state Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, a key proponent of the law.

    Beason was not there and the group left a letter outlining its complaints about the law and asking state legislators to tone down their rhetoric over the law.

    Once downstairs, two of the demonstrators—college students from Los Angeles and Philadelphia—linked arms and sat down on the floor of the main lobby, vowing not to leave until Beason responded to their concerns.

    The senator's staff later told the protesters that their letter had been delivered to Beason's administrative assistant but he would not address the group because he is out of town.

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    Oh, I just love the signs in Spanish. That will certainly make us all more sympathetic.
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    DREAMers Bring the Fight, And Their Parents, to Alabama

    DREAMers Bring the Fight, And Their Parents, to Alabama

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    by Julianne Hing
    Tuesday, November 15 2011, 10:23 AM EST



    For most undocumented immigrants today, Alabama is a place to flee from, not to flock to. Not so for a dozen immigrant youth and a small contingent of parents, all of them undocumented, who’ve arrived in Alabama to tell their stories at an action planned this afternoon in front of the capitol’s statehouse in Montgomery.

    “I want other immigrants to know we shouldn’t be afraid. We shouldn’t feel powerless.
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    The pic in the article above is NOT from the protest held today. This author has used the same pic before in an article from Sept.:

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    An above article by Bob Johnson from AP has since updated his article.
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    Police arrest 13 protesting immigration law in US
    By BOB JOHNSON, Associated Press – 4 hours ago

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Police arrested 13 protesters in Alabama's capital Tuesday as they demonstrated against the state's strict new law clamping down on illegal immigrants.

    About 100 people, most of them Hispanic and college-aged, chanted slogans as they marched in light rain around the state Capitol and to the adjacent Statehouse where the legislature works.

    "Undocumented, unafraid," ''No papers, no fear, immigrants are marching here," and "Ain't no power like the power of the people," were among the slogans the protesters chanted as they marched. Later, some were hauled off to jail in a yellow bus normally used by the city parks and recreation department.

    Some sat down on Union Street between the Statehouse and the Capitol when police approached and warned them in English and Spanish that they would be arrested if they didn't move.

    None did and police arrested 11 demonstrators, tying their hand with yellow straps and loading them into the bus.

    Federal courts have blocked parts of the Republican-backed law from taking effect, but both supporters and critics still call it the nation's toughest state law against illegal immigration. The Obama administration opposes the law, which is calls an overreach by the state.

    One of those arrested was 19-year-old Catalina Rios, a student at Henry Ford Community College in Detroit. She identified herself an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

    Looking like a typical American teenager with her long dark hair in a ponytail, Rios said she knew there was a possibility she might be deported as she sat in the street waiting to be arrested.

    "I know that I live in fear every single day of that, so this is no different," Rios said. "I'm doing this for all the immigrant students who struggle every day."

    A Montgomery attorney who volunteered to represent those arrested, Mike Winter, said he understood they were mostly being charged with disturbing the peace, but also could be held for immigration officials.

    After walking all the way around the Capitol one time, about 20 protesters entered the Statehouse and went up to the seventh-floor office of state Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, a key proponent of the law.

    Once downstairs, two of the demonstrators — college students Ernesto Zumaya, 24, of Los Angeles and Caesar Marroquin, 21, of Philadelphia — linked arms and sat down on the floor of the main lobby. They vowed not to leave until Beason responded to their concerns. Beason did not respond to the protest and Zumaya and Marroquin were arrested peacefully when the building closed for the day.

    Both said they are immigrants from Mexico without papers who have lived in the U.S. most of their lives. Marroquin said he always wanted to be a U.S. Marine.

    Beason said later that he was not in his office Tuesday afternoon and did not immediately get the message except being told there were people at the Statehouse to see him.

    Beason defended the law when asked about the protest.

    "My intention is to enforce what's already in place in federal law," Beason said. "I make no apologies. I'm trying to do what I feel is best for the people of Alabama."

    A leader of the protest, Mohammad Abdollahi, who said he was an immigrant without papers from Iran who lives in Bessemer, explained that the purpose of the demonstration was for their voice "to be heard."

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    State capital arrests worry local immigration protestors


    Posted: Nov 15, 2011 7:09 PM PST Updated: Nov 15, 2011 7:48 PM PST

    By Eric Sollman

    Huntsville, AL (WAFF) -
    Another immigration rally is planned in Huntsville this weekend.

    After 13 people were arrested in Montgomery Tuesday, there are some concerns from rally organizers like Jessica Rodriguez.
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