(Union Square Park May 1, 2010) Photos: © Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates
Arizona's new controversial immigration laws were the focus of May Day rallies being held around the city Saturday.
While an immigration rally has been held at the same time for the past six years in Union Square, many protesters say this year they were especially motivated by the new legislation, which requires police to question people about immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally, according to NY 1.
"Today is the day when immigrants across the country say talk is not enough; we need action," said Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigrants Coalition. "What happened in Arizona that legally sanctions racial profiling and makes it a crime to be non documented has set off a national spark."
"There is a real danger [of that law spreading], unless it's confronted and stopped right here," said a rally attendee.
In addition, protesters called on Washington to take immediate action on comprehensive immigration reform and more rights for immigrant workers.
NY 1 - May 1, 2010
New York Times - City Room - May 1, 2010 - By Alison Bowen