The 2009 marches in support of illegal immigration are getting a turn-out roughly equivalent to that of the tea parties or less. For the high side of figures, turn to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement at fairimmigration.wordpress.com
* Chicago: "estimated five to seven thousand" (FIRM); this says "only about 2,000"; UPDATE 2: the Preston link says "about 5000".
* Boston: "upwards of 400" (FIRM)
* Newark, New Jersey: "as many as 700" (FIRM)
* New York City: UPDATE: "hundreds" per Jesse Solomon of CNN (link). He also quotes a supposed counter-protester who supports legalization, he just wants to deport criminal aliens.
* Washington DC: unspecified, but maybe a hundred; UPDATE 2: that was based on the photo from FIRM; as it turns out there were "more than 2000" per this. See also video here. The signs in that video say "Immigrant Roots Immigrant Rights".
* Charlotte, North Carolina: "dozens" per this
* Los Angeles: "thousands" per this; (UPDATE: "several thousands" per Amy Taxin of the Associated Press, link); UPDATE 2: Julia Preston and Kirk Semple of the New York Times say one of the L.A. marches had 'about 1,000 people carrying Mexican flags and wearing T-shirts saying “Legalize America now"' (link).
* Milwaukee: "It’s estimated that between three and five thousand people showed up Friday, versus the 30,000 people who participated last year" (link). Organized by Voces de la Frontera.
* Orange County: organizers were "hoping for a couple hundred people" (link)
* San Francisco: "hundreds" (Taxin link above)
* Salt Lake City: "more than 500" (link)
* Oregon: "perhaps 2000" in Salem and "more than 1500" in Portland (link). Janie Har of The Oregonian also falsely refers to "[i]n 2006, at the height of anti-immigration rhetoric coming from Congress". It also includes Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt telling the crowd - many or most foreign citizens - "Welcome to your State Capitol." Their Capitols are in other countries, but no doubt he wouldn't care. And, some speakers were restaurant and nursery industry lobbyists.
While the protesters might have outdrawn the tea parties in a few localities, overall a very, very generous upper estimate would be less than 100,000. They did even worse than loons waving "John Galt" signs.
*Miami: "more than 300" per Laura Wides Munoz of the AP (link).
* Bloomington, Illinois: "about 100" (link)
* Las Vegas: video here.
* Washington: "thousands" in the state as a whole including "several thousand" in Seattle. One of the few cities to have an increase in numbers over 2008 was... Yakima. (link). First Yakima, then Wenatchee!
* Houston: "about 50" (link)
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