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Immigration march planned for Sunday

Rally to support immigration reform will follow downtown march

A march in support of reforming the U.S. immigration system is planned for Sunday in downtown Las Vegas.

Organizers, who say the march is permitted and Metro Police will be on hand to ensure a safe event, are inviting any community members who wish to demonstrate their endorsement of current congressional efforts to overhaul what they say is a cumbersome immigration system and find a solution for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

"This march is to show support for comprehensive immigration reform and urge our elected officials to act," said Carlos Silva, an organizer.

Silva specifically singled out U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, who has been less adamant about his support for accomplishing reform than his fellow Nevada congressional delegates.

Amodei, a Republican, is the only member of the Nevada congressional delegation who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, where immigration legislation will be formed.

"I've always been for improvements in border security," Amodei told the Sun earlier this month. "And I am not convinced that guest workers are a bad thing. We should have a pathway for people who to come and work. You can't assume that everyone who comes wants to be a citizen."

Amodei added he was also open to a pathway to citizenship for immigrants with no legal residency status.

Silva said he and other organizers decided to hold this march to sustain momentum gained from President Barack Obama's Jan. 29 speech on immigration reform at Las Vegas' Del Sol High School.

"A lot of people felt motivated after the president came but were not ready to commit to do something," Silva said. "We wanted to hold this march now so we didn't let too much time pass by without action."

March participants will meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Fremont and Main streets. The march will begin at 1:30 p.m. and proceed to the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Those interested in participating in the event are encouraged to wear white, carry U.S. flags and bring signs that display "positive" messages, Silva said.

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  1. "Those interested in participating in the event are encouraged to wear white, carry U.S. flags ..." - from the story

    Anyone carrying a foreign flag should have their citizenship or residency status checked and deported if appropriate.

  2. Even undocumented immigrants have to pay the administrative fees that everyone else has to pay to go through the process of becoming documented.

    The issue is giving those already here for many years access to the process without being deported. It isn't about waiving fees.

    Let's ban all foreign flags from display on ALL occasions in the US, not just related to immigration demonstrations. That would be consistent and not single out any group or circumstance whether for pleasure or politics.

    Get the flags off Irish and British pubs, the German Hofbrauhaus, Mexican restaurants, and any other business run by immigrants from other countries around the world. Get them off stationary, TV commercials, everywhere, no matter where they represent around the world. No public or private displays of anything but the US flag!

    Let's carry it further in making it unlawful for US citizens to invest in any foreign business, country, currency, or resources, and US based companies from tax sheltering profits made in other countries. Even more restrictions can be made that will certainly prove patriotism to the US.

  3. chuck333,

    I can't refrain from being sarcastic when I read opinions. :-)

  4. chuck 333,

    " illegals will never adhere to the laws of our land. "

    What law forbids a foreign national, or legal immigrant, from carrying the flag of their native country?