Immigrants, unions march in US for rights, against Trump

Thousands of people around the worls are taking to the streets for May Day demonstrations

Thousands of people around the worls are taking to the streets for May Day demonstrations

Similar rallies were held in other cities across the country. This rally is part of a national movement in opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

During targeted enforcement operations, ICE agents also encounter other illegal immigrants and say those are evaluated and sometimes lead to an arrest.

In keeping with theme, many of those in attendance came from trade unions and immigrants' rights groups. like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 46, GABRIELA Seattle, the Service Employees International Union Northwest 1199, El Comite and the Washington Federation of State Employees.

May Day is an important internationally observed day accompanied by a rich history of laborers protesting for better working conditions. "I took a leave of absence, and I told the school of medicine, 'I'm leaving because my community is being attacked, because my mother is being criminalized and because we need to fight back - and me being in school is not going to help anyone'". "On Monday, we hit the streets and went after the first corporate target on the list". "We will not buy anything". Many took sick days to protest.

The march was the largest of several demonstrations, permitted and not, organized on 2017's May Day, a day of workers' demonstrations that has been observed in Seattle for nearly a century. Yesterday's actions were about sending a message to President Trump and to immigrant communities across the country.

"That we are present, that this is also our country, that this is our land, that your policy of hate, discrimination and prejudice is as old as America", Gutierrez said in Spanish. We work hard. We build up our own business. "We don't count people who come in and do wrong things because everyone deserves what they deserve".

Selvin Martinez, an immigrant from Honduras, said he took the day off from his job waxing casino floors to demonstrate Monday.

There were colorful rallies before and after the two-mile march, with attendees carrying American and Mexican flags, the rainbow flag representing gay rights, and signs such as "Stop the Trump Agenda".

"It is sad to see that now being an immigrant is equivalent to nearly being a criminal", said Mary Quezada, a 58-year-old North Carolina woman who joined those marching on Washington.

Police declared the demonstration a riot and revoked the May Day protesters' permit after "anarchists threw projectiles and incendiary devices".

The city's plans for May Day included a set of demonstrations around the city, culminating with a rally downtown.

A crowd of several thousand also assembled in Washington's Dupont Circle for a rally ahead of a planned procession to Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House.

In Shemanski Park in Portland, Oregon, before the violence broke out hundreds of people, including some families with children, gathered and watched dancers in bright feathered headdresses perform to the beat of drums.

In recent years, immigrant rights protests shrank as groups diverged and shifted their focus on voter registration and lobbying.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed 76 arrests in South Florida, but claim they were criminal illegal immigrants.

"I wasn't that vocal until Trump started campaigning", Mello, who works as a magazine editor, said. The travel ban and sanctuary cities order were temporarily halted by legal challenges.

One of the organizers of the event, Olga Miranda, said the San Francisco rally's goal was to gather support for immigrant workers who now live with the fear of being deported by ICE officials.

Some immigration hawks believe he's saving it as a bargaining chip ― but they're not sure what he's hoping to trade it for.

In Miami, Alberto and Maribel Resendiz closed their juice bar, losing an estimated revenue of $3,000, to join a rally. The event appeared peaceful otherwise in the early evening, and Mayor Ed Murray said it was the smallest May Day turnout he had seen during his four years in office, according to the Seattle Times. "This country will crumble down without us".

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