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Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

California groups rally against Trump immigration crackdown

California groups rally against Trump immigration crackdown

Teachers working without contracts opened the day by picketing outside schools in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. If you can't take the day off, there are other ways to show your support, even if it's just by spreading the word to someone who might be able to go to one of the many protests or go on strike themselves. Police in Olympia, Washington, said nine people were taken into custody after several officers were injured by thrown rocks and windows were broken at businesses in Washington's capital city.

"It is sad to see that now being an immigrant is equivalent to nearly being a criminal", said Mary Quezada, 58, from North Carolina, who joined those marching on Washington. "We employ people. We pay taxes, and we make America great".

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, demonstrators gathered at MacArthur Park for a May Day rally in opposition of Trump's immigration crackdown.

"Immigrants strengthen our economy by creating millions of jobs every year, running nearly a fifth of the small businesses across America, including myself", said Angie Fetherston, CEO of Drink Company, which closed all four of its D.C. -area bars on Monday.

There were colourful rallies before and after the two-mile march, with attendees carrying American and Mexican flags, the familiar rainbow flag representing gay rights, and signs such as "Stop the Trump Agenda".

Demonstrations are being held across the world to mark May Day.

The organizers of May Day Action highlighted this history in their day of events, that, among other actions, included a rally for striking workers and immigrants, and a large-scale march to the White House.

In Homestead, dozens of demonstrators staged a protest march that began in front of City Hall.

In Portland, Oregon, about 200 people including families with children and dancers in bright, feathered headdresses performing to drums, took part in the protests.

Thousands of people turned out in some 200 United States cities on Monday to reject the immigration policies of President Donald Trump in huge demonstrations.

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May Day protests and rallies around the world and across the US are celebrating labor, calling for greater protections and benefits for workers and highlighting the contributions of immigrants.

Groups behind the events also took aim at other Trump policies they saw as discriminatory or xenophobic, including his bid, so far blocked by the courts, to ban travellers from several Muslim countries and temporarily turn away all refugees.

Since taking office, Trump has sought to deport more immigrants in the country illegally and announced plans to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Protests will likely rival the magnitude of the historic May Day rallies of 2006, when millions of people across the US took to the streets demanding federal immigration reform.

"Last week, he again defended Trump administration immigration efforts, as media reports indicate Clarke may get a job with the Department of Homeland Security", Quirmbach says.

Back in 2006 when there were massive immigrants rights protests here and in Los Angeles in response to anti-immigrant legislation in Congress on May Day.

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 1: Washington State troopers block access to Interstate 5 as Workers and Immigrant Rights March participants pass by on May 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

Immigrant advocates said they hope their message will reach Trump, congressional lawmakers and the public, as well as provide a sense of unity and strength to those opposed to the administration's policies.

In Miami, Alberto and Maribel Resendiz closed their juice bar, losing an estimated revenue of $3,000, to join a rally.

Organizer Michael Bellamy told News 4 that historically May Day has been about "making sure that people who are actually producing the things that we need to live are getting what they deserve for the work that they do".

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