Students march for immigration rights

May 1, 2008 11:47:39 AM PDT
Thousands of people around the world are using the first day of May to march, rally, or demonstrate over different issues.

Students and immigration rights activists marched in Oakland on Thursday morning.

Students in Oakland marched in the middle of International Boulevard on Thursday afternoon. They were tailed by Oakland Police cars so that they do not block traffic.

The 75 to 100 students are primarily from four schools in Oakland. They are from Oakland Unity High School, Frick Middle School, Freemont High and Castlemont High.

But as word of the march gets around, usually those numbers grow as kids go to leave school.

Organizers call this a national day for immigrant rights. They are calling for an end to ICE raids and deportations of undocumented immigrants. They also want California to become a sanctuary state and they want passage of the California Dream Act, which is a proposed law that would allow undocumented immigrant students to get state financial aid.

The march is still going, probably will go until downtown Oakland. It is a peaceful march, and some people blow their horns as they pass by in support of the student marchers and organizers.


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