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Downtown Santa Ana flooded with upwards of 1,000 immigrant rights supporters

by Duane J. Roberts Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2006 at 7:45 PM
duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

Marchers held up signs with statements like "We are Not Criminals," "We are America," "Keep Families United," "Amnesty," "The Working Class has No Borders," and "Justice and Dignity for All Immigrants." Another simply read: "Please Leave Us Alone."

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Monday, April 10, 2006

DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA FLOODED WITH UPWARDS OF

1,000 IMMIGRANT RIGHTS SUPPORTERS

Hundreds of people demand equal rights and fair

treatment for undocumented workers

By DUANE J. ROBERTS

duaneroberts92804@yahoo.com

SANTA ANA, CA -- A small park directly across the

street from the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse ended

up becoming a staging area today for several rallies

and marches that drew upwards of 1,000 people into

downtown Santa Ana in defense of immigrant rights.

The action, called forth by Local 1877 of the Service

Employees International Union, not only brought out

dozens of their own members, but hundreds of mostly

working class Mexicans from local neighborhoods and

other communities across Orange County.

During one of the rallies, a single Mexican mom

told the crowd she's employed as a janitor cleaning

some of the government buildings in the downtown area.

She attacked proposed federal legislation which would

label her a criminal for doing this work.

One march stretched almost three blocks long as trade

unionists, day laborers, activists, high school

students, and moms pushing baby strollers walked on

the sidewalks surrounding a complex of buildings that

house county, city, state, and federal government

offices.

Marchers held up signs with statements like "We are

Not Criminals," "We are America," "Keep Families

United," "Amnesty," "The Working Class has No

Borders," and "Justice and Dignity for All

Immigrants." Another simply read: "Please Leave Us

Alone."

About two dozen Sheriff's deputies dressed in drab

green jackets and slacks stood silently on the

pavement, both hands tightly gripped on their batons,

as hundreds of marchers passed near the front entrance

of the Orange County Superior Court, chanting various

slogans.

Government employees could be seen peeking out from

their cubicles, watching marchers from windows; others

stood quietly near glass doorways. Some ended up

stuck inside their vehicles temporarily as the long procession

of people slowly snaked their way past them.

Despite the combined presence of officers from the

Sheriff's Department, Federal Protective Services,

California Highway Patrol, and other local law

enforcement agencies, there were no reported arrests

or incidents of police brutality.

Santa Ana Police hid an equestrian unit it uses for

crowd control purposes in another small park near the

downtown area, not far from where the rallies and

marches were taking place. But there is no evidence to

suggest it was ever deployed.

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