Immigration Reform Protesters Arrested In Broadview
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Apr 27, 2010 4:20PM
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As they were escorted to squad cars from Broadview, Maywood and Westchester, each demonstrator urged Congress and the Obama administration to deal with immigration reforms.
"There is now a racial reign of terror spreading across the country and it has to be stopped," said Joshua Hoyt, director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and one of the people arrested.
Illinois is far from the only scene of immigration controversy this week. Protestors at the detention center chanted "no deportations today" and "Illinois is not Arizona," in response to that state's new tough, controversial immigration law which opponents say will, among other things, encourage racial profiling. And in Alabama, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim James kicked the hornets' nest with an ad in which he declares, "This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it." No, he really does say that.
This Saturday, organizers are planning a march supporting immigration reform that will start at Union Park at 1 p.m. and finish in Daley Plaza.