L.A. Immigration Rally

Over 500,000 people marched in downtown Los Angeles today to protest a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration. The demonstrators oppose legislation passed by the U.S. House that would make it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally. By many accounts, this is the largest protest peaceful protest in the city’s history. This doesn’t count the Watts Riots or the Rodney King Riots. Those may have been larger overall, but those “protests” were anything but peaceful.

In Denver, Colorado, more than 50,000 people protested downtown Saturday, according to police who had expected only a few thousand. Phoenix was similarly surprised Friday when an estimated 20,000 people gathered for one of the biggest demonstrations in city history, and more than 10,000 marched in Milwaukee on Thursday. Thankfully none of the protests held all over the United States on this issue errupted in violence, although few sporadic arrests were made, but that’s to be expected.

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