Over ten thousand people are expected to March today in over a dozen Californian cities to support workers rights and immigration policies.
The expected number of marchers of more than ten thousand are likely to be supporters of unions and less restricted immigration policies. Immigration policies in California have become significantly relaxed in recent years with most areas of California issuing drivers licenses and other forms of identification cards even without documentation of an individual’s legal immigrant status.
The interest in these protests and marches have fluctuated significantly. The largest I California in 2006 in order to protest an immigration enforcement bill that would have restricted immigration in the state and would have enforced non-compliance. In 2006, over one million people marched in protest of this bill.
The Trump administration has made one of their focuses to be the elimination of illegal immigration and the deportation of illegal immigrants California voted sharply in favor of Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton as opposed to the eventual winner Donald Trump and his attempts to enforce existing immigration rules have already sparked outrage in California. The State of California has announced that any contracting firms that will help to build the proposed border wall will not receive future contracts for construction work done by the State of California, as part of a blacklisting campaign. This current tension in California over immigration and immigrant rights may spark support for these protests and marches and considerably swell the number of individuals who will be partaking in the marches.
May 1st is the internationally recognized Worker’s day and many supporters of unions will also get behind this event. Over a hundred groups are expected to participate in the march. Protests are expected to occur in over a dozen cities in California, spread out from Los Angeles to Santa Clara. In Los Angeles, the event will be run by The May Day Coalition of Los Angeles and will start at City Hall.
Many of the immigrant groups feel as if their communities have been singled out by the Trump administration including the Mexican, Muslim, and Korean population and are expected to show up in force to support the protests. The May day marches were originally in support for workers but have now moved towards combining this with immigrant rights.