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May Day: Half a Million and Counting

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By Rachel LaBruyere from the Reform Immigration for America Blog:

Today, more than half a million people have stood up to protest Arizona’s new racial profiling law and to call for comprehensive immigration reform.

In Washington, DC over 4,000 people gathered for a march to the White House. The Trail of Dreams arrived this morning, ending their historic 1,500 mile-long trek for justice and they were greeted by friends, family, allies and leaders standing in solidarity with their fight.

Later this afternoon, national leaders of the immigration reform movement, including Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Ali Noorani, Chair of Reform Immigration for America, and Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland, and others were arrested at the White House.

The leaders wore shirts that said “Arrest me, not my friends” and were lead away peacefully by park police after refusing to leave the White House gate with signs in protest of the administration’s shameful inaction and in solidarity with the immigrant community.