Sunday, April 8, 2007

15,000 protest in LA for migrant rights

Migrant workers hold LA protest Thousands of people have demonstrated in Los Angeles to demand citizenship rights for illegal immigrants.

A 15,000-strong crowd carrying American flags and holding signs saying "Amnesty Now" paraded through the streets towards City Hall. Many people were protesting against a leaked White House plan under which illegal migrants would be charged hefty sums for work visas and residency.

There are believed to be about 12 million illegal immigrants in the US. Last year President George W Bush backed a Senate proposal on immigration that includeda guest worker programme offering illegal workers a "path to citizenship". But the plan has come to nothing amid opposition from Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

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