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Reconquista Ranting

Protesters focus their anger on Anaheim, the INS and Davis

Mothers pushing strollers joined about 300 protesters outside City Hall on Tuesday to voice opposition to the city's cooperation with federal officials in a jailhouse program and to demand that Gov. Davis grant undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. Immigrant- rights group [Rabid reconquistas] Hermandad Mexicana Nacional brought busloads of people to the City Hall steps as part of its campaign calling on council members to end residency checks by INS agents of all arrestees at the city jail. "Whether they came here legally or illegally, they came here to be responsible to their families," said a union organizer. "They want to abide by the law, but they're not being allowed to."

http://www.ocregister.com/local/hermandad00530cci1.shtml

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Protesters focus their anger on Anaheim, the INS and Davis

Jailhouse INS screenings, driver's-license requirements are protested.

May 30, 2001

By VIK JOLLY The Orange County Register

ANAHEIM - Mothers pushing strollers joined about 300 protesters outside City Hall on Tuesday to voice opposition to the city's cooperation with federal officials in a jailhouse program and to demand that Gov. Gray Davis grant undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses.

Immigrant-rights group Hermandad Mexicana Nacional brought busloads of people to the City Hall steps as part of its campaign calling on council members to end residency checks by Immigration and Naturalization Service agents of all arrestees at the city jail.

Chanting "Si se puede" - "It can be done" - and waving signs that read "enough" in Spanish, protesters demanded that Davis sign into law this year legislation ending the requirement for a Social Security number or legal immigration status to obtain a California driver's license or identification.

"People who come into this country illegally are lawbreakers," said Elaine Proko, an Anaheim resident who favors the city-INS partnership.

Demonstrators argued that fear of apprehension by police is forcing people to drive without licenses, jeopardizing public safety.

"Whether they came here legally or illegally, they came here to be responsible to their families," said Charlie LaChance, a union organizer. "They want to abide by the law, but they're not being allowed to."

"(Anaheim) is the most-acute manifestation of the problem, resulting in arbitrary arrests and deportation," Hermandad co-director Nativo Lopez said. "And at political fault for the perpetuation of this problem is Governor Davis."

To be able to drive is a necessity, said Margarita Nieto, 33, of Santa Ana, who rallied resting one infant on her shoulder and with a toddler in tow.

"My shoulder hurts," she said. "But (the privilege to drive) is important for my children."