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May Day march for immigration reform

In preparing for what is becoming an annual event, organizers of Mountain View's May Day march for immigration reform are seeking to ride a wave of momentum.

"More people are convinced that immigration reform is really badly needed," said Day Worker Center director Maria Marroquin. "There is more awareness about needing to stop deportations."

Last year's event drew 600 participants through a network of churches concerned about the issue. Organizers include residents Sylvia Villasenor, Job Lopez and Lupe Garcia, and the event is backed by several Catholic Church leaders, the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and several elected offiicals. The march starts at Rengstorff Park at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, and ends with a rally in front of City Hall.

Marroquin said there is now an effort to have President Barack Obama sign a second executive order to give temporary relief to undocumented immigrants, this time to parents of the "DREAMers" who were given temporary relief by a 2011 executive order allowing immigrants age 30 or younger who were brought here before they were 15, to go to college and apply for citizenship, among other things.

Executive orders, however, don't allow undocumented immigrants to vote, Marroquin said.

"We are part of this community and we should be able to vote on local issues," Marroquin said.

Resident Desmond Brand recently wrote to the Voice to highlight the frustration residents like himself have with not being able to vote. He pointed to U.S. Census data from 2008 to 2012 that says that 37.9 percent of the city's population was foreign-born.

Brand said he and others won't be able to vote for City Council candidates in November or vote for a minimum wage increase (if the City Council chooses to put such an initiative on the ballot in November).

Marroquin noted that there is one city that has decided to enfranchise immigrants, Maryland's Takoma Park, which enacted legislation 20 years ago allowing non-U.S. citizens to vote in city elections.

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Only reform needed is to enforce the laws that are on the books. We have a great immigration police and these people just want to bypass.

Anyway May 1, is communist day.


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Posted by American
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Why should we expect new laws to be enforced when the old ones are being ignored? Non enforcement of immigration laws only invites chaos. No amnesty for people here illegally.


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Posted by Cheaters
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Why is it that illegal immigrants get to jump the queue and get ahead of those people trying to get here legally? Why do the illegals think they are entitled to extra benefits because they are felons?

Legal immigrants should be preferred over those that break the law and then try to hide behind protests.

Frankly, I do not see how these illegal immigrants think they should be allowed to vote. Besides, felons are not allowed to vote.


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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Vote? You gotta be kidding! My answer would be to pass voter ID laws.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Marx and Lenin would be so proud!


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Posted by Don Honda
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The LA Times recently posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the "high" deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President's policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don't have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it is a felony each time thereafter.

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Posted by Desmond
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Here's how I calculated the stats that are quoted in the article.

1. In 2012, 46% of the foreign-born population in the US were naturalized: Web Link
2. In Mountain View, 38.8% of residents are foreign-born: Web Link

Assuming the national rate of naturalization holds in Mountain View, that means that 54% * 38.8% = 21% of residents are disenfranchised. That's 1 in 5 people that live here!

I suspect the rate of naturalization may be higher in Mountain View due to the presence of Google. But still, that's a lot of people living without democratic representation. Including myself.


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