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Hundreds of Hispanics Protest in California
Associated Press ^ | ROBERT JABLON

Posted on 12/12/2003 5:00:51 PM PST by stevie_d_64

LOS ANGELES - Hundreds of Hispanics protested the repeal of a law allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, taking to the streets Friday in a statewide boycott of schools and businesses.

AP Photo

The daylong boycott was intended to highlight the economic contribution of California's Hispanic community, the nation's largest.

About 400 people marched into East Los Angeles, waving signs that read, in Spanish, "Yes, we can" and "We want licenses now."

"People come to this country for opportunity. That's what we're fighting for," said Pablo Lopez, 44. Lopez said he was an illegal immigrant for 12 years and drove without a license, but was always afraid of getting stopped and deported.

"We come here to work hard and we have family that we have to protect. If we don't have a license, we won't be able to do that," he said.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) fulfilled a major campaign promise last week when he repealed the license law, signed in September by then-Gov. Gray Davis (news - web sites).

The extent of the boycott was not immediately clear. At 11.9 million, Hispanics make up about a third of the population of California.

The protest was planned to coincide with the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Planned events included a march of school children in Los Angeles and rallies in San Jose and San Francisco.

At least one school system tried to pre-empt a student walkout. The Santa Ana district offered to raffle off a color TV for those who came to school, and sent home a note to parents urging them not to keep their children home.

In downtown San Jose, more than 150 people set out on a march to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Jesse Castaneda, 38, said Friday's strike is just a start.

"It's kind of awakening a sleeping giant," said Castaneda, who is Mexican-American. "They talk about illegal immigration, and they want to get rid of all the illegal immigrants. What would happen at a state level if that were to happen? They'll realize that we are needed here."

Another target of the boycott was Clear Channel, which owns 1,200 radio stations nationwide and broadcasts a Los Angeles-based talk show that Hispanics say frequently attacks immigrant rights. Clear Channel did not immediately return calls.

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Associated Press writers Deborah Kong and Gillian Flaccus contributed to this report.


TOPICS: US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegal; illegalsprotest; immigrantlist; immigrants; protesting
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Well, all I can say is that it looks like the INS missed another opportunity here...

But hey, I only tend to make sense most of the time...

Later, Steve

1 posted on 12/12/2003 5:00:52 PM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: *immigrant_list; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; madfly; B4Ranch; ..
ping
2 posted on 12/12/2003 5:02:21 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: stevie_d_64
Immigration poll:

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/lou.dobbs.tonight/
3 posted on 12/12/2003 5:03:23 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: stevie_d_64; HiJinx
Hundreds? Out of how many?

Best news I've seen all day.
4 posted on 12/12/2003 5:03:29 PM PST by Carry_Okie (California: Where government is pornography every day!)
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To: Carry_Okie
Wonder how many were legal?
5 posted on 12/12/2003 5:09:15 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: stevie_d_64
"Hundreds", huh?

WOW.

That settles that. Let's repeal the repeal! Can't have "hundreds" of Hispanics disagreeing with something.

6 posted on 12/12/2003 5:09:53 PM PST by Dr. Frank fan
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To: stevie_d_64
Round em up, ship em out.
7 posted on 12/12/2003 5:10:48 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: stevie_d_64
Line em up and move em out to Mexico, yo.
8 posted on 12/12/2003 5:12:09 PM PST by cynicom
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To: stevie_d_64
"People come to this country for opportunity. That's what we're fighting for," said Pablo Lopez.

Try coming to MY country LEGALLY to find your opportunity.

9 posted on 12/12/2003 5:13:23 PM PST by SAMWolf (Reading taglines makes you stupid.)
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To: stevie_d_64
Well, today the administration backed Ridge's idea of amnesty, so watch them start really pouring across the border now. It's simply amazing.
10 posted on 12/12/2003 5:13:39 PM PST by Akira (Blessed are the cheesemakers.)
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To: gubamyster; MeeknMing; *immigrant_list; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; ...
"At 11.9 million, Hispanics make up about a third of the population of California."

WE DON'T NEED NO STEEEKIN' BORDERS!"





11 posted on 12/12/2003 5:15:16 PM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: stevie_d_64
Hee Hee Hee!
What nerve these people have!
They obviously have no fear of the INS!
Wonder why that is? Hmmm.
12 posted on 12/12/2003 5:15:20 PM PST by ladyinred (If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door!)
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To: stevie_d_64
Hey Cisco! Oh Pancho!!!
13 posted on 12/12/2003 5:15:25 PM PST by Doc Savage
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To: stevie_d_64
There must have been a sea of American flags were there.(sarcasm off)
14 posted on 12/12/2003 5:16:16 PM PST by Az Joe
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To: Carry_Okie
BWAAAAHAHAHAHA

hundreds

15 posted on 12/12/2003 5:16:27 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Akira
Well, today the administration backed Ridge's idea of amnesty, so watch them start really pouring across the border now.

That's the one thing that gets missed in all this. Everytime even a whisper of amnesty is heard illegal immigration increases.

We are encouraging people from around the world to break our laws.

16 posted on 12/12/2003 5:18:37 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: stevie_d_64
Hundreds of Hispanics Protest in California

And millions of others did not.

17 posted on 12/12/2003 5:18:39 PM PST by martin_fierro (Ohhh... ehhh... ┬┐Peeka Panish?)
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To: stevie_d_64
About 400 people marched into East Los Angeles, waving signs that read, in Spanish, "Yes, we can" and "We want licenses now."

Kinda runs contrary to the image humble, happy-to-be-here hard working migrant stereotype.

Good. The more they show their true nature the faster Americans will realize their being screwed by this administration's insane (non)policy towards illegals.

18 posted on 12/12/2003 5:20:16 PM PST by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: stevie_d_64
Freep this Lou Dobbs Poll: Amnesty for illegal aliens living and working in the United States?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1039443/posts

19 posted on 12/12/2003 5:23:54 PM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: stevie_d_64
This could only be a half-a$$ed boycott unless they also refused free medical care (which I can't get), and didn't go into the welfare office to pick up another check (which I also can't get).

I would love to take spanish classes so I could communicate better with these people, but I don't have the time, because I have to work 14 hours a day in my business just to pay the taxes that are forced from me to give benefits to illegals who refuse to learn english.
20 posted on 12/12/2003 5:24:40 PM PST by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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