Immigration activists and civil rights groups have rallied against America’s conservative immigration enforcement programs, Press TV reports.
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Los Angeles, in the US state of California, during a week of campaigning to protest against a pattern of anti-immigrant laws which have already passed legislation in numerous states throughout the country.
“The 99 percent, the community, is not going to allow that kind of hatred to spill into states like California and others. So we’re here to send a message to everyone that we’re going to stand together united and not allow any of these things to happen,” said Martin Terrones, a union organizer.
Protesters say the country’s anti-immigrant laws are against some of America’s most important civil rights achievements, pushing the country back to racial hatred and division.
“Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks took a stance against all these discriminations and laws in the South, now it’s happening again but this time only to the Latino community,” Terrones said.
Occupy LA organizers including the members of the Latino and African American community groups have organized the protests calling for the repeal of HB 56 - an Alabama law that seeks to crackdown on illegal immigration.
This comes as a Federal Appeals Court temporarily blocked two sections of the Alabama law this week, which some are considering a small victory.
The week-long protests fall on the anniversary of the historic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Critics say Alabama’s anti-immigrant law had been the strictest in the nation when it was passed. The law made it a crime to fail to carry an ID, and gave the police the powers to check the immigration status of anyone, or to knowingly assist an undocumented immigrant.