Immigration: Why Rally Now?

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Some Colorado lawmakers are asking President Bush to declare a nationwide state of emergency on illegal immigration. A letter, signed by 8 Republicans, calls the demonstrations across the country and right here in Colorado: anti-American.

Immigration has been a heated issue, but immigrants tell KKTV 11 News there is one major issue why hundreds of thousands are speaking out.

The U.S. House passed a bill that would make crossing the border a felony. When it reached the Senate last week, lawmakers started speaking out. The bill launched what some are calling the biggest wave of protests since the Vietnam War Era. “It led to a perception that it was an attack against hard-working immigrants who come here for jobs in the U.S.,” Colorado College Sociology Professor Eric Popkin said.

He says the undocumented feel safe in the kind of numbers that can make this kind of statement. "I do think it has an impact on policy makers in Washington."

There is some talk in the Latino community that May 1st is "A day without a Mexican". Immigrants tell KKTV 11 News that Latinos across the U.S. are encouraged not to show up for work that day just to show how it could cripple many businesses.

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