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Monday, March 13, 2006

The biggest demonstration you didn't hear about.

How come 300,000 to 500,000 people demonstrating against the feds' immigration 'reforms' this past Friday in Chicago wasn't news? This magpie sure hadn't heard about it until we found this.


These people don't exist.

Nothing to see here. Move along please.
[Photos: CBS 2 News]


From the CBS 2 story on the demonstration:

Crowds marched through the city on Friday to rally against HR 4437 — The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.

Supporters of the bill before Congress say it beefs up border protection. But thousands of people in Chicago's Latino community call the pending bill a blatant violation of rights.

As CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, the protesters — of Polish, Irish, Latino, Chinese and many other nationalities — gathered at Union Park, at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street, and marched to the Loop. From the air, it appeared to be an endless sea of demonstrators, flooding the streets to protest the recently-passed house bill, which would make it a crime to hire or even help undocumented immigrants.

At the end of the day, organizers say it was more than half a million protesters. Police estimated the crowd at 300,000.

"I'm definitely surprised to see this many people," said protester Cesar Garza. "I expected a small amount of crowd, but this is — wow! I'm really surprised."

Many of the protesters were immigrants who took the day off work to attend the rally.

"This is a ridiculous bill," said Polish immigrant Paulina Cdnok. "I don't understand how it got as far as it did, and they're trying to make this a law — and then at this point it's a police state."

Other immigrants said their most important goal was to be part of the United States.

"It's important that they know that we make great contributions to this country," Chicago resident Maricela Herrera said. "We're not here to take any jobs or anything, we're here to be able to give our contributions that make the United States what it is...."

The march ended at the Federal Plaza, at Adams and Dearborn streets, where state and local leaders promised to fight for immigrant rights.

"Whether their names are Gutierrez or Lozano, Lipinski or Blagojevich; it doesn't matter," said Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "This is a country built by immigrants."

Mayor Richard M. Daley said: "This is a fight that includes every American. Those who are here undocumented, we're not going to make criminals out of them. That is not what America has ever stood for and will not stand for."

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told the crowd that immigrants are here to stay, and pledged to work to block the bill.

So why wasn't this news anywhere in the US other than in Chicago? This magpie is waiting for an answer.

CBS 2 has more photos of the demo here, and you can view the story that aired last Friday on CBS 2's newscast if you go here and search for '300,000'. [Flash req'd]

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