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¡SÍ, SE PUEDE!

“¡Sí, se puede!” the crowd chanted at the rally preceding San Antonio’s April 10 march for immigration-law reform. The multiracial crowd protested for the rights of the 10 to 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the nation by raising posters that read, “No human being is illegal,” and, “Who’s the illegal immigrant, pilgrim?” A group dressed in traditional Aztec apparel danced to the beat of drums.

A crowd of 18,000 protesters gathered at Milam Park last week to show solidarity for immigration-law reform. They marched to HemisFair Park, chanting “¡Que sí! ¡Que no! Por qué chingados no!” Protests also occurred in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout the nation. (Photo by Michael Cary)

Julian Castro, Antonio Muñoz, and San Antonio’s archbishop were among the speakers at the rally before the march headed out onto Commerce St.

Castro criticized the hypocrisy of the Bush administration’s so-called “family values,” and Archbishop Jose Gomez quoted a portion of Matthew 25:35 to the crowd: “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me,” he said, in support of citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“I’m an immigrant myself,” said Max Sandoval, who attended the rally. “I’ve been through what all of these people have been through, so it is very important for me personally to support this cause.”

The chanting continued as the crowd filtered down the street. Families and individuals of all ages and ethnicities raised their voices and banners with a singular goal: justice for hard-working undocumented immigrants.

- Ashley Lindstrom


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