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Maderans call for reform in May Day demonstration

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Immigration supporters march to Courthouse Park

Local immigrant supporters marched a little more than a mile Tuesday to join May Day demonstrations throughout the country that called for government attention to various causes including jobs, fair wages and equality.

About 18 people gathered at Pan American Park where they rallied for about half an hour before making their way down Lake Street, turning right on Yosemite Avenue and finishing at Courthouse Park. Marchers called on bystanders to join their movement which demanded a halt to deportations that separate families, the approval of the federal DREAM Act and the repeal of Arizona’s SB 1070, which among other controversial provisions, mandates that police officers check the legal status of those deemed suspicious.

The crowd more than doubled by the time it reached Courthouse Park. More than 50 people listened to speakers, including 7-year-old Jesus Castañeda.

His father, Ciriaco Castañeda, was ordered deported in 2006 and later died as a victim of organized crime in Morelos, Mexico...


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