March for Human Rights for Immigrants on May 1, 2008

May 1 2008 - 2:00pm

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March for Human Rights for Immigrants on May 1, 2008, in Houston

A march in favor of human rights for immigrants is planned for May 1, 2008 in Houston. It will begin at 2 p.m. in front of the Mickey Leland Federal Building at 1919 Smith, and end at Antioch Park at 1400 Smith.

In the past year families of workers across the United States have been torn apart by massive immigration raids

The march in Houston will be in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and protest the "Baby Sesenbrenner" Bill, the so-called "SAVE" Act, or the "Secure America with Verification and Enforcement" Act, which would add an estimated 8,000 U. S. Border Patrol agents to our already militarized border and require employers to use federal databases to verify the status of all workers. That bill in the House of representatives is being dubbed the "Baby Sesenbrenner" bill because of the cruel, repressive House bill in 2006 sponsored by Representative Sensenbrenner which was never passed in the Senate.

Rather than proposing a balance between our nation's need for honest laborers and our ability to receive and absorb new populations, the SAVE Act creates an atmosphere of repression and terror designed to make it impossible for those undocumented immigrants who have settled here to find a stable, secure life for themselves and their children, many of whom are native born citizens with civil rights equal to our own. The requirement to fire all workers whose social security numbers are not verifiable would turn all employers into immigration agents and hurt many citizens because of so many errors in the social security system.

The Houston Catholic Worker recommends instead comprehensive immigration reform and a reform of our foreign policy in economics which would enable people to stay home with their families. What has been called "free trade" does not accomplish that, but rather uproots desperate people who are forced to migrate.

The Houston march is scheduled to coincide with a national mobilization of protests, marches and rallies across the country on that date.

===PS note from AB:
copied from a posting at
by El Gringo Sunday, Apr. 20, 2008 at 8:54 PM

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