Thousands March in L.A. Over Immigration
Via Yahoo News
LOS ANGELES – Tens of thousands of immigrant rights advocates from
across Southern California marched Saturday in protest of federal
legislation that would build more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border
and make helping illegal immigrants a crime.
The march followed rallies on Friday that drew throngs of protesters to major cities around the nation.
On Saturday, demonstrators streamed into downtown Los Angeles for
what was expected to be one of the city’s largest pro-immigrant
rallies. The crowd was estimated at more than 100,000, said police Sgt.
Many of the marchers wore white shirts to symbolize peace and also
waved U.S. flags. Some also carried the flags of Mexico and other
countries, and even wore them as capes.
Elger Aloy, 26, of Riverside, a premed student, pushed a stroller with his 8-month-old son at Saturday’s Los Angeles march.
“I think it’s just inhumane. … Everybody deserves the right to a better life,” Aloy said of the legislation.
The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would make
it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally, impose new penalties on
employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third
of the U.S.-Mexican border. The Senate is to begin debating the
proposals on Tuesday.