Written By Carolyn Salazar | Published December 19, 2011 | Fox News Latino
In rallies in New York and Los Angeles, hundreds turned out to draw attention to immigrant working rights and immigration policies.
In New York, about 500 demonstrators, under the banner #ImmigrantsOccupy/#D18, braved the bitter cold and marched from Foley Square in Lower Manhattan to Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The rally was in honor of the newly formed Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group, which aims to highlight working immigrants who are part of the so-called 99 percent.
“We believe that all labor should be honored and that all workers, regardless of immigration status, deserve equal rights and dignity,” the group says in its mission statement. “We recognize globalized capital – in the form of financial institutions, multinational corporations, and neoliberal state economic policies – as the impetus for economic migration to the United States, and deplore the fact that banks and corporations, supported by the government, continue to profit from immigrant detention and deportation.”
In Los Angeles, about 600 people protested U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the banner Occupy ICE. Protesters marched several blocks in Downtown Los Angeles, started at the famed Olvera Street and ending at an LA federal building.
Both protests were peaceful.
The marches, which coincided with International Migrants Day, were carefully planned in an attempt to prevent the mass arrests that have occurred at other large Occupy rallies across the country.
Organizers, who realize that immigrants are fearful of arrests that could lead to deportation, redoubled their efforts to avoid potential confrontation with police.
The marches come days after a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in Arizona blocking parts of the state’s tough immigration law.
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