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Immigration march is peaceful

April 10, 2006

DPS says 10,000 to 15,000 people are gathered at the march, but I’m going to say that there’s well over 100,000 people at the Coliseum and in the streets, and if there isn’t that many already, there will be.

So far everything is extremely peaceful.

People from all over the Valley are here. There are a lot of kids with their parents.

There’s a whole staff that has been trained to make sure people who want to learn about the voting process and want to register to vote are people who are actually eligible to vote. It is interesting to see all the people who want to learn about the voting process.

It’s a very overwhelming feeling, regardless of which side of the issue you’re on, to see this many people united. They’ve obviously got a message and they want to get it out there.

— Claudia Rivero
Monday, April 10, 12:30 p.m. Arizona time

Posted by Claudia Rivero at April 10, 2006 01:31 PM

Comments

Thanks, guys, for such a great coverage. I’m sad to see how [another channel] is giving false numbers of the amount of marchers. Way to go AZ family.

Posted by: Billy at April 10, 2006 02:28 PM

It’s an amazing sight to see so many people out there right now. I hope the young people though stay in school and not disrupt their learning.

Posted by: Pete at April 10, 2006 02:35 PM

America was built on the backs of immigrants, English, French, German, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Spanish, African Americans, Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and every other ethnicity under the sun. America is a nation of immigrants and this is an integral part of what makes this country great. There are legitimate concerns with allowing our borders to be flooded by whoever wants to enter. National Security is a top priority for our country and guidelines should be set in place accordingly. But God help us when we forget where we all come from and the true American Spirit that made us great. One Nation, Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for ALL!

Posted by: Israel Soto at April 10, 2006 03:31 PM

A tsunami best describes the pictures. I know that the traffic is being affected near the 35th and Thomas area. Definetly made taking lunch a difficult one.

Posted by: Kevin at April 10, 2006 04:04 PM

America was built on the backs of immigrants, English, French, German, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Spanish, African, Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican and every other ethnicity under the sun. America is a nation of immigrants and this is an integral part of what has made this country great. There are legitimate concerns with allowing our borders to be flooded by whoever wants to enter. National Security is a top priority for our country and guidelines should be set in place accordingly. But God help us when we forget where we all come from and the true American Spirit that makes us great. One Nation, Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for ALL!

Posted by: Israel Soto at April 10, 2006 04:31 PM

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the final count was..not that it makes any difference. You mention NOTHING about the fact that these marchers had to be encouraged to wear white t-shirts and wave the American flag….far cry from their march a couple of weeks ago.

You go on to say that “There’s a whole staff that has been trained to make sure people who want to learn about the voting process and want to register to vote are people who are actually eligible to vote. It is interesting to see all the people who want to learn about the voting process.”

It is well known that it is very easy to obtain phony ID’s, birth certificates, drivers’ licenses and more…..which is the reason many employers hire them in the first place. I wonder how many will become “registered” voters today?

Illegal immigration is not only is a great threat to our national security, it is a drain on our education and health systems and more….but you are blind to this fact.

I’m the daughter of LEGAL immigrants that came here the right way….sure, we had to wait, and our families were separated for lengths of time, but in the end…we raised the AMERICAN flag with deep pride….ON OUR OWN….we learned English as fast as we could, and we assimilated.

I was indeed “overwhelmed”, but with disgust….watching undocumented people who demand “legal” immigrant rights tie up our law enforcement officers, paralyze traffic, cause unknown hardship on citizens trying to get around Phoenix….and finally stick the taxpayers with another bill for their “show of strength”.

They “protested” in many states today. Why don’t their “leaders” organize massive protests in Mexico so they can wave their flag of choice.

Posted by: Dolores at April 10, 2006 04:37 PM

Its funny. I walked up to a group of protester walking to the march while going to lunch on Central and asked what they where protesting for. They said Immigration and that was all they knew. I gaurantee you that more that 90% of the protesters don’t even know why they are out there. Protesting because it is the thing to do. That is like the work protesters down Central. Those protesters get paid to protest a cause they have nothing to do with. My family went through the whole process of becoming citizens and some still are only residents. If you read what the government is proposing it is a great compromise. It allows those who have been here for a long time to have a chance to receive thier citizenship. I wish America was more united on more serious matters like protecting our family over in Iraq or taking care of the poverty in America. I wish one day that my family will all become citizens, but they will have to work for it and go through the system/paperwork just like the people before them. I wish that is something those protesters would get it through their minds. People uniting under a cause which everyone knows about is awesome, but a march in which few know the issues is sad.

Posted by: Sam at April 10, 2006 04:45 PM

My father came to this country (from Germany) in 1923. He learned the language, became a productive citizen, served in the Navy and raised a family — he did it all by the book. I am sooo angry that people can sneak under fences – work; never learn the language – sign up on our welfare rolls and feel they are deserving of it. We have laws we don’t enforce (why even have immigration policies?) because the government (senators, mayors, governors) won’t enforce them. They are scared they won’t be re-elected; they care nothing about our country or state — it is only about themselves. I have no ill will for any race, creed or nationality, but if we have laws, we must abide by them. (All I hear is how peaceful it was, and wonderful etc.). But I do have one question – from all of this. They say they work and pay taxes. Where do they get their SS#? If they are illegal? We don’t need them if they can’t do it right and speak our language and live by our laws. Sorry. I never thought I would ever find myself as a American feeling this way.

Posted by: L. HOUSE…….. at April 10, 2006 07:10 PM

Has anyone bothered to tell “the immegrants” that once they are citizens the USA will tax their earnings by appoximately 1/3 of their income to pay for the “War Against Terroism”?

Posted by: Jill at April 10, 2006 07:39 PM

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