Mar 28 2006

Students Walk Out for Immigrant Rights

walkoutsGUEST: Rosalina Garcia, 15 year old high school student from Santa Ana, interviewed by KPFK’s Aura Bogado

Over 20,000 students from at least 70 high schools in Southern California walked out of classes yesterday to protest against immigration legislation in the Senate. Students from Los Angeles County high schools marched onto the 101 freeway, and restricting cars to one lane, nearly shut down northbound traffic for several hours. In Orange County, riot-clad police rushed a crowd of student-demonstrators in downtown Santa Ana, and at a separate student protest at Anaheim City Hall. Police also barricaded Santa Ana High School for several hours, and locked down local elementary schools, fearing that student threats for a district-wide protest would become a reality. Aura Bogado spoke with Rosalina Garcia, a 15 year-old student who decided to walk out of Valley High School in Santa Ana.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to legalize the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US and ultimately to grant them citizenship, provided that they hold jobs, pass criminal background checks, learn English and pay fines and back taxes. The panel also voted to create a vast temporary worker program that would allow roughly 400,000 foreigners to come to the United States to work each year and would put them on a path to citizenship as well. The legislation, which the committee sent to the full Senate on a 12-to-6 vote, represents the most sweeping effort by Congress in decades to grant legal status to undocumented immigrants. Any legislation that passes the Senate will have to be reconciled with the tough Sensenbrenner bill passed in December by the Republican-controlled House.

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