New Yorkers rally for immigrant rights on May Day

11:19, May 02, 2010      

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New Yorkers on May Day demonstrated against the controversial immigration law of Arizona, which requires police to question people about immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

"Today is the day when immigrants across the country say talk is not enough; we need action," said Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigrants Coalition. "What happened in Arizona that legally sanctions racial profiling and makes it a crime to be non documented has set off a national spark."

Arizona's strict new immigration law, which goes into effect July 29 barring a court challenge or a state referendum to repeal it, requires local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they' re in the country without proper documentation, and makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in more than 70 cities across the United States against the controversial new immigration law in Arizona.

Protesters in New York called on Washington to take immediate action on comprehensive immigration reform and more rights for immigrant workers.

"We're all workers here and we want the immigration reform as soon as possible," said protester. "And we want it this year because we want the best for our families."

After the rally, protesters marched from Union Square down Broadway to Foley Square near City Hall Park in Manhattan, where they were joined by other immigration advocates and some political leaders.

Meanwhile, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer had signed a follow-up bill making changes to the state's new immigration law that she says should quell concerns that the measure will lead to racial profiling.

Critics still call the law misguided, despite the changes.

Source: Xinhua


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