By Associated Press • 

Hundreds rally in Oregon's capital for immigrant rights

SALEM — Hundreds of people demonstrated Sunday in front of the Oregon State Capitol to support immigration rights, The Statesman Journal reported.

Yesica Navarro braved the cold weather and spoke in the Capitol Mall about growing up as an immigrant. She said she came to the U.S. as a child with her family, and they managed to succeed despite the odds.

“We love this country, and we want to be accepted. This is our home,” Navarro said.

The crowd, which organizers said approached 1,000, cheered and clapped as cars driving along State Street honked, the newspaper reported. The rally was part of a national effort called Immigrants’ March Presidents Day 2017.

The people drawn to the event were a mix of immigrants and non-immigrants, the Statesman Journal reported.

Donna and Mark Maynard of Salem, along with their dog Maiah, held a sign that said: “We the people are greater than fear.”

The couple, who come from a family of immigrants, told the Statesman Journal that they had previously stayed away from political activism.

Now, however, they feel the need to speak up for immigrants’ and women's rights.

“This year is different,” Donna Maynard told the newspaper. “It feels like we have to.”

Micki Randall of Silverton and his three children held posters depicting a Lego figurine saying: “Immigrants are awesome!”

Maya Lopez of Portland said a small group started organizing the gathering about three weeks ago.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

Comments

kona

"Hundreds of people demonstrated Sunday in front of the Oregon State Capitol to support immigration rights". Again, the line is purposely blurred about the rights of legal immigrants as opposed to the rights of illegal immigrants. Are these people totally ignorant that these rights are not the same?

tagup

Kona, I wonder how you would feel if you had been brought here as a child 30 years ago and the US is the only place you have ever lived?....The right thing to do in that situation (One of many that don't match the "flooding across the border" talking points) is not exactly clear, if you ask me.

Mass deportation is not the answer...a viable guest worker program that allows verification of status is the real solution. ....but of course congress will only consider building a wall, even when they know that it will be a budget buster and will do little to solve the issue....

kona

tagup, you seem to excuse illegal immigration as acceptable. If that is not your stance, what is your suggestion for stopping illegal immigration?

listen*up

illegal is illegal,remove all illegals!they chose to break the law,no sympathy for law breakers,they taught their children breaking the law is acceptable,this is a life lesson,don't cheat and break the law,any city harboring illegals is breaking the law and aiding and abetting criminals and should be arrested,they are criminals too!

tagup

Kona,
My point is that there are many different circumstances for undocumented people in the US. Many, if not most, hold necessary jobs, pay taxes, and contribute to the economy. Some have even served in our armed forces! Statistics show that they are less likely to commit crime than the existing population. Business has encouraged them to come here for decades and replacing that number of workers with domestic workers is clearly not possible.
Mass deportation is not a viable solution for a number of reasons and the same can be said for the construction of a 15 billion dollar wall that won't solve the problem. Congress has done nothing for decades, and the answer is really quite simple...a guest worker and verification program ( we shouldn't require them to become citizens).....e verify is on the right track, but needs to be improved and made more reliable.

tagup

listen up.....Those are nice talking points...but consider the true economic impact of removing 11 million people from the US economy (causing a recession). The actual cost to round up, process through the courts and transport that many people back to their country of origin, would be astronomical,and likely impossible to complete. Add to that the cost of a 15 billion dollar (at least) wall that won't stop illegal immigration....
Is that really what you want to pay for?, because make no mistake, taxpayers will foot the bill.

kona

tagup, no one in politics is talking about removing 11 million from our country. We wouldn't be having this discussion however if people would have entered the United States legally. Why do you continually support illegal immigration? If you don't support illegal immigration what do you suggest to stop it?

tagup

Kona,
I support dealing with reality....The fact is, for many, many years we have encouraged migrants to come, so the US (business) does have some responsibility for the mess. Even if people (like listenup) don't care to admit it, we need migrant workers in the economy and the workforce if we expect to see 3% growth. Putting a national policy in place to allow employed migrant workers to live without fear and to have some employment rights would be an improvement for everyone. It would also give us, (the government) the ability to control the numbers that enter, and to maintain a suitable workforce needed to grow our economy......Why can't we accept the fact that we need these workers and develop a solution that makes sense?...as opposed to "building a wall"!

kona

tagup, you seem to want it both ways and you can't. Yes, we need legal immigration which everyone supports. No, we can't continue to support illegal immigration. We wouldn't be having this discussion if it were not because people continue to illegally enter the United States. You seem to be supporting illegal immigration. Is that correct?

tagup

I support solutions...not rhetoric....a strategy that only includes building a wall and random deportations will be ineffective and likely detrimental to economic growth.

kona

tagup, you say you "support solutions". What solutions do you "support". The plan is to hire about 10,000 more ICE employees and to follow the immigration laws. What would you propose to keep people from illegally entering the United States? Are your comments purposely evasive?

kona

tagup, to be clear, are you supportive of people who enter the United States illegally? It seems as that is what you are suggesting.

tagup

I have stated my solution twice....A guest worker program with verification...

Our current process for legal immigration is broken, as is our visa process for temporary workers....The overall drive for people to come to our country is for work...so..set up a verification system for business to use (that will actually be accurate and reliable)and make it a requirement with some teeth. If people can't work, the incentive for most to come here disappears. Spend the 15 billion on the verification system and enrollment/documentation process and fix the problem forever...

kona

So what about the people who chose to enter illegally?

tagup

I think business would support a similar process as was done in 1987....have current workers present documentation of employment for a specific period of time to be eligible and have them registered.


kona

I agree.

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