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    Immigrant groups to rally against Trump's planned crackdown

    Posted: Jan 13, 2017 10:44 AM PST
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    (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File). FILE - In this May 1, 2006, file photo, thousands of demonstrators march along Wilshire Boulevard during an immigration protest near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations at ...


    By ALICIA CALDWELL and AMY TAXIN
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations at dozens of rallies across the country this weekend in what they are calling a "first salvo" against President-elect Donald Trump's pledged hard line on immigration.

    Union leaders and young immigrants are organizing more than 50 protests and cultural events from Philadelphia to Phoenix on Saturday with an aim toward highlighting the power of the immigrant rights movement. Immigrants living in the country illegally also hope the events will make it clear to the incoming administration that they don't plan to leave the country despite Trump's calls for a border wall, tougher immigration enforcement and mass deportations.

    "This is our first salvo to what may be a long, drawn out campaign," said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

    The protests mark the latest chapter in a movement that has evolved considerably since 2006, when more than a million people took to the streets to protest a Republican-backed immigration bill that would have made it a crime to be in the country illegally. The bill was widely viewed as overly harsh and sparked a backlash that culminated in massive May Day marches across the country.

    The crowds this weekend are expected to be nowhere near as big as then, including rallies at a church in Washington and teachers' union hall in Chicago. In Los Angeles and San Jose, California, groups are holding cultural events to show their support of immigrants and opposition to Trump's proposals.

    Times have clearly changed since 2006. The protests born of anger and frustration a decade ago with the immigration bill haven't been repeated in recent years as the playbook evolved and advocacy groups started making direct appeals to lawmakers and the president.

    After multiple proposals failed in Congress, President Barack Obama in 2012 launched an executive effort to protect some young immigrants from deportation.

    The creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aimed at helping one of the loudest and most sympathetic immigrant groups, was heralded as a good first step by advocates who hoped it would be a prelude toward overhauling immigration laws.

    But that didn't happen, and Republican-led states pushed back against Obama's plans to expand the program.

    Now the focus is on the next administration, and the future of the movement seems as uncertain as Trump's plans.

    As a candidate, Trump promised his supporters stepped-up deportations and a Mexican-funded border wall, but it is unclear which plans the celebrity businessman will act on first, and when. And many immigrants are fearful of the campaign rhetoric but less motivated to protest in the absence of specific actions.

    "Right now, all we have is these vague kinds of promises," said Chris Zepeda-Millan, a professor of ethnic studies at University of California, Berkeley. "Attacks have to occur for people to mobilize."

    One factor that could influence what actions immigrant activists take going forward - and how much support they draw - is how Trump handles the group of more than 750,000 young immigrants covered by Obama's DACA program. Many are college-educated and politically savvy and have been willing to hold sit-ins and risk arrest to push for immigration changes.

    They are also factoring prominently in many of Saturday's events. Instead of protests, a coalition of immigration groups in Phoenix will have a news conference and information clinic where young immigrants will deliver personal testimony about how Obama's program changed their lives. A separate event includes a panel with immigration attorneys and experts on how to prepare for changes under Trump.

    What is certain is that the immigration rights movement has come a long way since its most public stand in 2006. And the days of nearly everyone staying entirely in the shadows are likely over.

    "Coming forward as undocumented and unafraid has been really a hallmark" of the movement in recent years, said Cecilia Munoz, who heads Obama's Domestic Policy Council and was a top official with the National Council of La Raza during the early days of immigration protests. "The immigration rights movement has developed enormously ... and 2006 was a moment in which people came forward and decided, 'We are not invisible anymore.'"

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    In this May 1, 2006, file photo, thousands of demonstrators march along Wilshire Boulevard during an immigration protest near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations at ...
    That's when I found this website due to those massive demonstrations. Picture doesn't adequately show all the Mexican flags flown that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    That's when I found this website due to those massive demonstrations. Picture doesn't adequately show all the Mexican flags flown that day.
    That may be what brought me here too (don't really remember). I say that because I noticed my membership date is June 2006.
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    Union leaders and young immigrants are organizing more than 50 protests and cultural events from Philadelphia to Phoenix on Saturday with an aim toward highlighting the power of the immigrant rights movement. Immigrants living in the country illegally also hope the events will make it clear to the incoming administration that they don't plan to leave the country despite Trump's calls for a border wall, tougher immigration enforcement and mass deportations.
    Yes, we know you don't. The fairy-tale that illegal aliens will leave on their own is childish while they run drugs, steal jobs from Americans, suck on welfare and other publicly funded benefits and are flirted with and ass-kissed by people by Paul Ryan. Why would they leave? Our "swamp" has made it clear to them that they're above the law, that they're "special people", superior people. Our "swamp" admires criminals and thieves and blood-suckers draining our coffers at the expense and suffering of US citizens. These are the values of our "swamp".

    But this time, we've got a real live honest to goodness American coming into the White House who has better sense who is going to drain the swamp and end illegal immigration into the US once and for all. So yeah we get it, we'll need to haul your butts out of here, but haul you out we will, families united, removed as single units, no child left behind. It will be quick, quiet, efficient and humane as it should be.

    And to those who don't believe we can successfully deport 30 million illegal aliens out of our country, you are the ones who have no clue as to the power of 250 million pissed-off Americans.
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    I don't like looking at those pictures and videos during those May 2006 protests. I found it unbelievable to see millions of foreign citizens in our streets carrying foreign flags and our government did nothing. I was unaware of illegal immigration. Then one day our streets were filled with a long caravan of cars and trucks and Hispanics blaring their music and displaying Mexican flags. The days continued and sadly illegal aliens were everywhere. The stores began the Spanish language outreach, jobs were taken from fellow citizens and given to illegals. Law enforcement and city officials turned on citizens who dared to ask for something to be done.

    I still remember Arlen Specter and the inclusion of language in legislation to consult with Mexico before we built a fence.

    I too came to Alipac during this time. It is hard to believe it has been ten years and we are still living this nightmare of illegal immigration and open borders. Many of the same cast of characters are still in Congress, spewing the same lines, the same lies.

    I hope we are going to see some real efforts to turn things around in days ahead. Knowing Paul Ryan is leading the way for those seeking amnesty will keep us on our toes.

    It is nice to have many of the same people here at Alipac all these years later.
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    Yes it is nice, GeorgiaPeach! It's wonderful to see our dear ALIPAC holding together through thick and thin.
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    It's my fondest dream that these protests will start drawing ICE ,CBP and DHS to arrest people. I'd love to see them bring out the deportation buses too. No more long drawn out court proceedings, no more catch and release...
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