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Why Thousands Marched Today for Immigrants and Workers

Unions, immigrant groups to march in California cities May Day rallies across US to target Trump immigration policy
Eleena Tovar | 04 May, 2017, 16:31

In cities across the USA, women's groups, pro-illegal-immigration groups, anti-police "social-justice warriors" and basically anyone who wants to protest President Trump are flooding the streets on behalf of workers around the world on this May Day.

Meanwhile in Portland, "numerous people have been arrested" in a May Day rally and march turned riot because of anarchists, police said.

Police said on Twitter Monday afternoon that anarchists destroyed a police vehicle, damaged numerous windows and property, started fires in the streets and attacked police.

The demonstrations on May Day, celebrated as International Workers' Day, follow similar actions worldwide in which protesters from the Philippines to Paris demanded better working conditions.

Immigrant advocates say they want to send a message to the White House and Congress to rethink efforts to expand deportations.

Among the protesters are teachers from a Washington, D.C. bilingual school who cancelled their English and Spanish classes to be here.

But large crowds are expected this year as diverse groups united in their opposition to Trump are supporting the marches.

The rally made room for other social justice groups as well.

"We have never seen such an outpouring of support since we have since the election of Donald Trump", said Kica Matos, a spokeswoman for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.

The week after Trump took office, he signed an executive order that temporarily suspended refugee admissions to the United States and suspended admission for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Marches in support of worker rights and labor unions are taking place around the world Monday, dubbed "May Day".

To truly win the healthcare, housing, and jobs that workers deserve we must unite in solidarity and remember that the workers' struggle has no borders.

But the primary impetus cited by civil liberties and labour activists was Trump's strict new immigration enforcement policy - falling most heavily on undocumented workers who toil in low-paying, non-unionised sectors such as hospitality, childcare and agriculture.

Carrying the USA national flag, protesters march on May Day through downtown Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2017. Demonstrations also are planned for dozens of smaller cities from Ft. One protester carried a sign saying bridges should be built instead of walls, referring to President Donald Trump's plans to build a wall between the USA and Mexico.

With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, stubbornly prioritizing the deportation of as many immigrants as quickly as possible, regardless of any real need to do so, it's no wonder that tens of thousands of people spent May Day flooding the nation's streets in protest. But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new president.

Many immigrants say the demonstrations provide comfort at a time of uncertainty.

Alvin Mackay, vice president of the International Longshoremen Warehouse Union Local 6, said he came out because he is disappointed about how the Trump administration is attacking America's immigrant workers. "It doesn't matter if we are black, white, or brown, " she said.

Rally goers spoke out against what they call the anti-immigrant policies of President Trump, including calls to signing an executive order on a travel ban from certain countries, which has been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii, and calls to build a wall on the U.S - Mexico border.

And late Monday, police in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle braced for the possibility of violence as far-left "anti-fascists" gathered to march, and Trump supporters and far-right activists prepared to counterprotest - a faceoff that has previously erupted in brawls in Berkeley, California, and Seattle.

Immigrants, especially women, are afraid to report domestic violence and sexual abuse, fearing it could lead to deportation, Trujillo said at a May Day rally in Oakland's Fruitvale district, which drew a few thousand.