Skip to comments.Turnout a Bust at Pro-Illegal Immigration Marches; L.A. Protesters One-Tenth of 2006 Effort
Posted on 05/01/2010 5:49:25 PM PDT by kristinn
Despite a coordinated hype campaign between left-wing pro-illegal immigration activists and the mainstream media, turnout was a bust at May Day marches in two bellwether American cities where crowds were much lower than expected. In Los Angeles, the turnout was a mere tenth of the half-million that marched there four years ago.
In a preview article published yestereday, Reuters said of the pending Los Angeles march:
Marches across the state on Saturday will show whether Latinos are energized. The standard will be the rallies in March 2006, when some 500,000 people took over downtown Los Angeles to oppose a tough federal bill that later failed.
The AP reported that police estimated the number of protesters in Los Angeles at 50,000, half of what was expected by organizers:
Police officials estimated about 50,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Los Angeles to demand immigration reform and to protest Arizona's tough new law against illegal immigrants.
Officer Rosario Herrera said the crowd peaked early Saturday afternoon and was estimated to have dwindled to about 30,000 by 2 p.m.
...Police had prepared for an anticipated 100,000 people.
In Dallas, where 100,000 were also expected to march, only 20,000 to 25,000 turned out, according to this AP report:
Organizers had estimated as many as 100,000 might attend the Dallas march. Police estimated between 20,000 and 25,000 gathered in the plaza outside City Hall. Organizers said thousands more participated in the march.
The May Day marches were already arranged by leftist groups across the country as a traditional communist day of agitation. The same leftist groups have been supporting amnesty for illegal aliens for years, making the marches the perfect fit for an instant nationwide protest against Arizona's new law targeting illegal aliens.
Respective turnout in the seventy other cities scheduled to have pro-illegal immigration marches today numbered in the high hundreds to well less than ten thousand, putting them well under the two million Tea Party protesters who demonstrated in cities and towns nationwide just two weeks ago on April 15th.
It appears that nationwide the pro-illegal immigration movement failed to match the 500,000 marchers they had in just one city, Los Angeles, four years ago.
Could be because there is a sensing that there is a GROWING BACKLASH against the illegals?
Police officials could estimate that crowd, but not 1.2 million in D.C. on 9-12...hmmm?
Wonder if turnout now correlates with turnout in November?
I drove right through the Civic Center area of L.A. today northbound on US 101 about 2:00PM. I saw 5 or 6 helos in the air above the Civic Center, police cars were situated on the overpasses, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of protesters.
Many went home to Mexico and/or there’s a Dem in the WH. I sort of wish they had done what they did in 2006. That did wonders for their cause ;)
The crowd in LA was at one point chanting “Obama escucha! Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama listen! We’re in the fight!)
They just want a war, so why would there be any backlash from us? <\end sarc>
Sounds like a bust to me. This may mean more Hispanics support the Arizona law than one might think and they did not turn out.
It may be that they didn’t have the cash for gas to get to the turnout. There is a growing backlash against illegals and I’m sure they are aware that the American general populace is waking up to the problem.
Thanks for the good news!
I agree, the illegals aren’t stupid, although I hoped for a few good riots.
Good News Finally....
So many had to hide in the shadows this year...
They should pick another day to do their agitation. We expect their crap on May day. Have to say, that 2006 march was kind of their high water mark. It was impressive to say the least. It also galvanized the opposition to the illegales.
Or maybe a lot of them have already self-deported because they can’t find a job.
Unless they've been radicalized by La Raza, LULAC or that ilk, I'd say that most legal Hispanics are somewhere between embarrassed for and furious at -- the illegals.
After all, in Texas, many Hispanic families have been here as long (if not longer) than whites -- they are the quintessence of "natural born citizens". Those who came here legally played by the rules and jumped through hoops to get in -- something the illegals piss on.
The idiot politicians who pander to "Hispanics" are actually insulting them.
Are you listening, John McCain...?
“Police officials could estimate that crowd, but not 1.2 million in D.C. on 9-12...hmmm?”
Yeah, I was there too. Today’s reporting on this over-hyped event is a startling contrast to the total lack of coverage of that much larger crowd in DC on 9/12...
A dem in the white house seems to create problems for all. Go figure.
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