Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

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"Activists in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Newark, New Jersey and dozens of other cities have been calling for a one-day strike", The Nation reported in an article entitled "How to Join the "Day Without Immigrants" on May Day".

Marches are planned in cities spanning from Santa Rosa to San Diego.

But it takes time for many of those arrested to make their way through the deportation process, immigration lawyers say. In that pursuit, however, the Trump administration can't seem to quit the noxious habits of the Trump campaign, when the candidate spread falsehoods about the rise of crime in America and repeatedly implied that immigrants are a cause of this fabricated spike. Not since a May Day march in 2006 protested an anti-immigrant bill have all the May 1 marches ended in one place, Cabrera said.

Since then, the demonstrations have waned as groups took different approaches on immigration, including lobbying and voter registration.

Since then, the US marches have waned in size, but activists expect participation to surge this year because immigrant groups are working with organizations such as the Women's March.

The ICE report also includes removal figures - people who were arrested and deported to their home country.

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Under the banner of "Resist", the march organizers came together at a press conference on Wednesday to explain why the need for unity among their groups was important now more than ever. "Instead, he's chosen to fill with fear the hearts and minds of millions of working immigrant men and women who are afraid of the ongoing immigration raids and deportations", said Juan Jose Gutierrez, national coordinator of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition.

Almost a hundred days into his administration, President Trump has drastically reduced the flow of immigration, both legal and illegal, into the U.S. He's been able to accomplish that despite the fact that many of his signature ideas haven't come to fruition, from executive orders that have been put on hold by the courts to his proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

In a series of identical and unsurprising letters, the U.S. Justice Department has told local officials to be sure to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration issues.

In response, leaders in sanctuary cities have vowed to fight back and civic participation has seen a boost, including February's "Day Without Immigrants". In January the president signed an Executive Order barring federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities and beefing up an existing program known as 287 (g). But the Administration maintains that it is focused on arresting and deporting the "worst of the worst" immigrants, including the gang members and violent offenders Kelly and Sessions have singled out in recent speeches.

"It feels like it's out of step with what the USA really needs right now", said Angela Kelley, senior strategic adviser for immigration at the Open Society Policy Center.

The march, called "Resist Los Angeles", is scheduled to begin in MacArthur Park at 11 a.m. Monday and end at City Hall.

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