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Many held “Boycott Arizona” signs as they made their voices heard in San Diego

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    More than a thousand protesters, many holding “Boycott Arizona” signs, gathered in Chicano Park and marched downtown Saturday in one of dozens of marches nationwide.

    Immigrant rights activists hoped Arizona's controversial immigration law would spur tens of thousands to protest and add urgency to pleas for federal immigration reform.

    A May Day to Remember

    [DGO] A May Day to Remember
    Many held Boycott Arizona signs as they made their voices heard in San Diego.

    Activists in San Diego marched from Chicano Park to the Federal Building on Front St.

    “It’s really important to make a strong showing that our communities are united, we’re organized and we’re not going to accept these laws in California,” immigrant rights activist Adam Osorio said. “Hopefully we’ll increase the momentum on pushing through immigration reform.”

    Raw Video, May Day in San Diego

    [DGO] Raw Video, May Day in San Diego
    Hundreds marched downtown.

    A rally in support of the new Arizona enforcement law was also held in front of the U.S. Federal Building Saturday. Police officers monitored both events. When asked about a possible confrontation, immigrant rights activists said it would be a peaceful march and they would ignore any resistance.

    SD May Feel Effects of Controversial Ariz. Law

    [DGO] SD May Feel Effects of Controversial Ariz. Law
    Could San Diego see an increase in the number of illegal immigrants?

    Demonstrators turned out at rallies across the country to call for federal immigration reform and vent their anger at a controversial new Arizona law. The law requires local Arizona law officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

    Critics say the law is unconstitutional and encourages racial profiling and discrimination against immigrants.  Supporters say the law is necessary because of the federal government's failure to secure the border, and they pointed to an attack Friday on a sheriff's deputy in southern Arizona as proof something had to be done.

    Protests Demand Boycott Over Arizona Immigration Policies

    [DGO] Protests Demand Boycott Over Arizona Immigration Policies
    Nearly 100 people demonstrated in front of the Federal Building downtown Monday to protest an Arizona law they consider racist. The measure, set to take effect this summer, would make it a crime under Arizona state law to be in the U.S. illegally. Police will be directed to question people about their immigration status. Protestors believe it will lead to discrimination and harassment.

    Singer Gloria Estefan kicked off a massive march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

    "We're good people," the Cuban-born singer said aboard flatbed truck. "We've given a lot to this country. This country has given a lot to us."

    Illegal Immigrant Costs, Benefits Disputed

    [DGO] Illegal Immigrant Costs, Benefits Disputed
    For all the rhetoric about how much illegal immigration costs California and other states, economists who have studied the issue say the underlying numbers are conflicting and conflated.

    Oswaldo Osorio, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who paid his smuggler $150 to cross the border in San Diego 18 years ago, turned out with his wife, also in the U.S. illegally, and their two U.S.-born daughters. All four waved American flags. Osorio, 38, said his family wanted to make a statement for giving immigrants legal status and protesting Arizona's law.

    Activists aren't alone in their opposition to Arizona's law. California legislators have mulled canceling contracts with Arizona in protest.