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Mass protests in US for migrants

Issue No. 2200

Hundreds of thousands of people marched across the US on May Day against attacks on immigrants and a new legal assault in Arizona.

The state’s aggressive new law allows police to detain people on “reasonable suspicion” (a term left undefined) of being illegal immigrants and to demand to see their papers.

Some 150,000 marched in Los Angeles, 65,000 in Milwaukee, 20,000 in Chicago and more across 80 other cities.

The common feeling was “Todos somos Arizona”—We are all Arizona. Another popular slogan went, “Nos somos ilegales”—We are all illegal.

Many protesters also demanded that President Obama take action for immigrants’ rights—a battle he shows no sign of taking on.

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Tue 4 May 2010, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2200
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