Cross-Border Protests Decry Trump’s Immigration Policies
Marches in Mexico will be followed with protest this weekend in Downtown L.A.
By EGP Staff Report
Tens of thousands of people in Mexico called for unity and symbolically toppled the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S.-Mexico border during protests last weekend in different parts of the country.
The marches by civic groups collaborating under the #VibraMéxico umbrella, flooded streets in Mexico City and 17 different cities. Organizers said the protests were intended to demonstrate national pride and to call for the rights of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the United States at risk of deportation to be respected.
The largest demonstration in Mexico City attracted about 20,000 protesters, according to data from the Capital’s Public Security Council. The objective was to relay the message that “we are angry, that [Trump] has insulted us, is abusive and lacks respect,” Gabriela Torres, one of the organizers, told EFE.
The protests will continue this weekend with three separate marches planned for the Los Angeles area.
The first will take place Thursday in conjunction with the national “Day Without Immigrants,” which is calling for those who support immigrant rights to boycott work, school, shopping and eating out. The goal is to highlight the important financial contribution immigrants make to the nation.
On Saturday, the Free the People “Immigrants Make America Great” protest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Pershing Square and proceed to L.A. City Hall where a rally will take place.
As part of its list of demands, organizers are asking for an immediate stop to immigration raids and for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and city officials to declare Los Angeles a sanctuary city. They will also protest the executive order of President Trump that temporarily banned travelers from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States –but has since been halted by the courts — among other issues.
On Monday, the official observance of “Presidents Day,” a third rally will be held under the “Not My President” banner. The rally will take place from 9a.m. to 1p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall. Organizers say they are seeking to bring together people who disagree with Trump’s presidency and policies.
With about a half-million people expected downtown on Saturday and another 100,000 on Monday for the anti-Trump protests, Metro said Wednesday it is planning on providing extra service and security on those days.
Metro also advised anyone heading to either of the events to buy TAP cards and load them with fares in advance, and to arrive at stations early to avoid the expected crowds.
Metro officials said that on the day of the Women’s March in January, the most significant crowding at stations occurred in the morning around 7 a.m. and an hour or two after the march’s conclusion, around 5 p.m. However, due to the large crowds, police closed down many downtown streets, so riders are reminded to plan to get off just before downtown on Saturday or Monday
This article contains information from EFE and City News Service.
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