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Immigrant Reform March in Victoria to protest Arizona law

By LOURDES VAZQUEZ
April 28, 2010 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.


WHAT TIME: 9:30 a.m., Saturday at Trinity Hall at Our Lady of Sorrows at the corner of West River and Bridge streets.

THE MARCH: They will then march up Bridge Street to gazebo at DeLeon Plaza.

The walk is in protest of Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, Arizona SB1070: www.azleg.gov/ legtext/49leg/2r/summary/s.1070pshs.doc.htm

The local LULAC chapter will make its second March for Immigration Reform in Victoria on Saturday.

The march will protest the Arizona state legislature's approval of an immigration law requiring local law enforcement to ask for documentation of citizenship or residency.

"If you're legal or illegal, they're going to stop anybody who has brown skin and we're protesting that," said Benny Martinez, of Goliad, LULAC member.

The League of United Latin American Citizens spokesman said they do not promote illegal immigration, but find that a resolution is necessary.

Mary Lou Canales, state officer for LULAC, believes Arizona's new law could be a blessing in disguise because it is bringing immigration reform to the forefront.

"They can't get rid of all those 12 million people," said Martinez, who believes illegal immigration will be an ongoing issue if reform is not enacted.

Canales added that it is important for people of Victoria to support the march.

She added that the founder of Victoria, Martin De Leon, was Hispanic.

"We seem to forget that this land was owned by Hispanic people and what we see is what there is now," said Canales.

Martinez also encouraged attendees at Saturday's march bring an American flag.

"This is a protest march so they need to fly an American flag," said Martinez who said he strongly believes it demonstrates people want to be come a part of the U.S.

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