Record Turn-out In Pittsburgh For Immigration Protest

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    Slightly more than 100 people marched for immigration reform through Downtown Pittsburgh this morning.

    After rallying on Stanwix Street at 8 a.m., the group walked to the federal building and made a stop at the office of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter.

    The march ended with a rally in Mellon Square.

    The rally was among many protests held yesterday and today around the country as the Senate debates the issues of border security and citizenship for longtime immigrants.

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    A whopping 100 people. Impressive.

    I'm thinking they rest of them were working...making money...

    Novel Idea.
     
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    Either that or Pittsburgh isn't exactly a hotbed for illegal immigration... :dunno:
     
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    A report from the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service estimated Pennsylvania's illegal alien population at 49,000 in 2000, among 7 million nationally, but provided no local breakdown. A new Urban Institute report estimated the numbers higher, at 9.3 million nationally and at least 75,000 in Pennsylvania.

    It's a good guess that illegal immigration to the Pittsburgh area pales in comparison with other cities. The majority of the country's illegal immigrants are from Mexico, and that country represents a relatively small fraction of Pittsburgh's known foreign-born population. About one in four of the nation's legal immigrants is from Mexico, compared with about one in 66 Pittsburgh immigrants.

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    So between 49K and 75K with only 100 protesting.

    I'm still sticking with the idea that they are working. I know if I was an illegal, the last place I would go is somewhere with a bunch of other illegals protesting to make me "legal."

    Easy pickings for the INS.
     
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    I'm sure they are working. I'm still sticking to my "it's not a hotbed" story. It explains why they're actually working better than fear of INS, IMO. Something tells me INS wouldn't focus efforts in Pittsburgh, but maybe that's just me :)
     

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