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May Day, May Day! CA Immigration Rallies Call For Action

April 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, this year's annual May Day marches for immigration reform are likely to spark real "may day" calls for action and alarm. Arizona's new controversial crackdown on immigration enforcement has given new momentum to those participating in the hundreds of rallies planned across the state.

Jazmin Segura, federal policy advocate for the Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), says Arizona's new law – which allows local law enforcement officers to demand legal documentation from immigrants or detain them – highlights the urgency of immigration reform.

"It essentially legalizes racial profiling. So, we're very confident that the law, just like in 1994 we did here in California, we declared Prop 187 unconstitutional, I think that SB 1070 will also be ruled unconstitutional."

Segura says the current system hurts many immigrant families, who live in fear of raids and deportation.

"There's a lot of frustration, a lot of anger. Our families are being separated. There's still a lot of people who are being picked up by ICE, immigration agents."

SIREN and other immigrants' rights groups are demanding that Congress and President Obama pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2010. Huge May Day rallies are planned for Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and the Central Valley.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA