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BREAKING: Huge Immigration Law Protests in LA and Phoenix

apworkerprotest25mar06210.jpgImage via VOA and AP.

UPDATE:  MSNBC has some video of immigration protests on their website here.  Their most recent update on the story showed an enormous throng of tens of thousands — no word on any official count as yet.  Will link up video when I can find it.

UPDATE #2Jeralyn has some fantastic information about the bill in question — and says that debate on it will resume on Monday.

CNN is reporting that Los Angeles is bracing for an enormous protest of the Bush Administration’s proposal for changes in immigration policy and of the Congressional-sponsored Sensenbrenner Bill.

CNN has footage of a similar protest yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona, where thousands of people took to the streets in protest of the proposed law.

In Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, police said 20,000 demonstrators marched to the office of Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, co-sponsor of a bill that would give illegal immigrants up to five years to leave the country, The Associated Press reported. The turnout clogged major thoroughfares in what officials said was one of the largest protests in the city’s history. People also protested outside Kyl’s Tucson office, according to AP.

Similar protests also occurred around the nation yesterday, in Georgia, California and elsewhere, according to the AP via CNNThe NYTimes has more, as does the Voice of America.

The LA Times reports on yesterday’s local protests, but no update as yet on the current large event in LA.  Will update as I get news.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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