About 300 rally against Hazleton crackdown on illegal immigrants


Associated Press / "Information from: Standard-Speaker, http://www.standardspeaker.com"

About 300 people, many of them from Philadelphia and other parts of the state, rallied Sunday in opposition to the city's crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Those attending, some carrying signs bearing slogans such as "We The People Includes Everyone" and "The Only People Who Weren't Immigrants Are Native Americans," did not march or chant but listened to speeches from religious and civic leaders.

...Four busloads of people came from Philadelphia, and the crowd included representatives from the Latino Coalition of Monroe County, the Latino Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, Jobs With Justice of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition.

Lopez estimated that only about a third of the crowd was from the Hazleton area. He said he would have preferred a higher local turnout, but the holiday weekend and the poor weather kept people from coming...

Quote sources:

  • Rabbi Michael Michlin of Hazleton's Beth Israel Temple
  • [[Anna Arias]], IDed only as president of the [[Hazleton Area Latino Association]]
  • Rev. Miguel Rivera, IDed as president of the Washington, D.C.-based [[National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leadership]]
  • [[Agapito Lopez]] (IDed only as an "organizer")