Immigration March Draws Hundreds

By: Auburn Hutton Email
By: Auburn Hutton Email

Less than a week after the ICE raid on 11 McDonald's restaurants, emotions are still running high.

"This isn't just about what happened on Thursday. It's about discrimination. We want to do things right but the government isn't letting these people. They're not criminals. They want to do things right," said Maria Chavarin, protestor.

Demonstrators covered their mouths in tape, and handcuffed their children...to support illegal immigrants, who they say are forced to hide in our community.

"We're showing the government that if they want us to be quiet and they want us to leave, they're just attacking us. It's a silent march. I'm not going to talk the rest of the day. Starting now? Right now."

But their message was anything but silent...and their boycott quickly became an attack on the English-speaking media. Protestors told us Gilbert Cortez, an outspoken Latino activist, told them not to do interviews...and only to answer questions in Spanish.

Local protestor, Kaati, says she came to the rally to represent her illegal friends, and to help demonstrators put their message out...but she says, silence won't help their cause.

"I think that's counter-productive. I think voices need to be heard."

Protestors also led their march outside KOH Talk Radio, to demonstrate their opposition to local broadcaster Bill Manders.

"Mr. Manders, if you have any courage, come and talk to us. Where are you hiding," asked Gilbert Cortez, protest organizer.

"I am embarassed that I am an American and that people like you say the things you say. I would rather march with these people than sit by your side, any day," shouted another protestor.

The protest ended downtown at the Federal Courthouse, but demonstrators say the fight is far from over.

We asked protestors if Wednesday's march will mark the end of their response to last week's ICE raids. They say they won't be taking to the streets anytime soon...but they will be looking for ways to get their message all the way to White House.


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