Apr 302010
 

Here we go again…remember the horror of before…

In what has become a May Day tradition the past four years, thousands of demonstrators are expected to march for federal immigration reforms Saturday through downtown Chicago — energized this time by anger over a new Arizona law that directs local police to check suspected illegal immigrants for proof of legal residency.

The demonstration is set to begin with a 1 p.m. rally at Union Park. At 3 p.m., demonstrators will travel east on Washington Boulevard toward the Daley Center, with activities ending at about 5 p.m., the Chicago Police Department said.

Meanwhile, three other immigration marches are scheduled to be held Saturday afternoon in the suburban communities of Arlington Heights, Aurora and Naperville.

While the demonstrations are sure to clog up afternoon traffic, organizers emphasized today that they’re working with police to keep the demonstrations problem-free.

“We have a lot of families with children coming and we don’t want any incidents,” said Artemio Arreola, one of the principal organizers.

That may not be the case thousands of miles away in Washington. There, about 30 people — including U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and several activists traveling from Chicago — plan to get arrested in front of the White House by illegally blocking a sidewalk thoroughfare.

That action is part of a new strategy for civil disobedience spreading among immigration activists angry about the Arizona law and a lack of action in Washington on immigration reforms. The strategy included the arrest of 24 protesters earlier this week in suburban Broadview after they sat down in front of a government bus transporting illegal immigrants from a federal detention center.

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