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LAPD officials expect crowd of up to 100,000 at immigration march on Saturday

The Los Angeles Police are preparing for as many as 100,000 marchers to rally for immigration rights in downtown Los Angeles during the annual May Day event Saturday.

LAPD officials are preparing for a surge in the number of participants in the wake of an outcry over a controversial new Arizona law that requires police to check the legal status of people they suspect of being illegal immigrants.

Deputy Chief Jose Perez Jr. said that police initially estimated no more than 60,000 people would participate in the May Day march to Los Angeles City Hall. But Perez said those numbers were revised after organized labor and immigrant rights groups informed authorities they expect far more people.

“We are looking for an orderly crowd," Perez said. "Organizers are also looking for an orderly crowd for this to be a success.”

Marchers are permitted to walk north on Broadway from Olympic Boulevard and eventually gather at City Hall. In addition to the downtown march, police are preparing for small gatherings in MacArthur Park and Westwood.

Perez said the department does not provide details about the number of officers it would have on hand, but said it would be a citywide maximum deployment.

The LAPD wants to avoid any repeat of the May Day 2007 melee in MacArthur Park. That year a contingent of the department’s elite Metro Division officers were videotaped wielding batons and shooting less-than-lethal rubberized bullets in an attempt to disperse the mostly peaceful crowd after a small group of agitators confronted police.

Dozens of protesters and journalists were injured as officers cleared the park. In the aftermath, the department issued a scathing report and the city settled litigation for more than $13 million.

Planning for this year’s march has been in the works for months, police said. With a tight budget the department had to insure that a massive number of officers were available to work the May 1 rally.
In this year’s planning, march organizers and other groups have expressed concern about how the LAPD will approach the marchers, who would include illegal immigrants.

Police, however, have assured marchers that the department will continue to be guided by Special 40, which prohibits officers from initiating action against people solely to discover their legal status. “It shows the fear and emotion behind this [the Arizona law], Perez said.

First established three decades ago by then-Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, the order has been embraced by Chief Charlie Beck, who calls the rule an important key to build trust and relationships with immigrant communities.

-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

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Let's get ICE out there - 100,000 illegals all in the same place at the same time. If they don't like our laws then why don't they return home to Mexico where all laws are fair and evenly applied.

If 100,000 illegal aliens can participate in a rally with no enforcement, that proves that we need the Arizona law.

Why are people not marching against this?

MEXICO CITY – Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants

Send them all back. We should be fighting crime not protecting criminals. Illegal, it means against the law. They should be sent home and not allowed back into this country. Does anyone have a clue as to the cost of allowing these people to stay? Welfare, healtcare, employment education, human services....all of these programs are overburdened. Eliminating the illegals will allow for more benefits, better education, healthcare and jobs for Americans. Why are we fighting to support criminals? Shouldn't we expect people who come here to obey the laws of this country? Their very existence is an insult to the concept of law abiding citizen. Let's clean house and start over. Imagine what our tax dollars can do without funding anything "illegal."

Perhaps ICE should be there as well!

This is great news! The city should just be sure to have enough buses on standby to cart all of them back to Mexico.

So....let's check the immigration status of the protestors and send them back to Mexico

imagine how different it would be if we called illegals .. "aliens" instead of immigrants..then the issue could not be about immigration..

calling an illegal an immigrant is like calling an armed robber a customer...or a home intruder a house guest..

The Arizona law must be effective, they darn sure won't march in Phoenix with that many marchers.

We could easily reduce the number of illegals from 12 million to 11.9 million this Saturday if ICE agents show up and enforce the law. If you're a police officer and a bank robber told you he would rob a bank at noon on Saturday, wouldn't you show up too? ICE, as well as local, state and federal governments have NO BACKBONE.

So they made a rule not to check for legal status? I'm thinking maybe the San Diego Rep is right. Send them all home, including the "anchor babies", no matter how old they are now.

Good opportunity to round-up some illegals.

Only in America can criminals protest being criminals and not get arrested for it. Each and every tax payer needs to make life hard for these illegal invaders. When you are dealing with them refuse to communicate in Spanish. If they are illegal ask them for proof of citizenship. The illegals from AZ will soon be moving to other states that do not have a law that protects the state. Texas is drafting a law now and will soon pass it as well. DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS.

Who's going to foot the bill for this?

I find the two previous commenters offensive and ignorant - illegal immigrants are not the only ones that care about this issue and feel the need to fight for human rights!

What makes one nationallity differnet from another? Do mexican people deserve special privilages? Iam hispanic myself. What makes me special? If your ILLEGAL you need to be deported.

100,000? Try 300 million U.S. citizens tired of having their voices unheard... a true silent majority - a backlash is coming.

(100,000 marchers to rally for immigration rights in downtown Los Angeles during the annual May Day event Saturday.)

Sorry I didn't see anywhere in this article where it says 100,000 illegal aliens??
Do you people think every person with brown skin is an illegal alien?

And they say they do not drain our system but who is going to pay for all the cops on OT to keep them from going rampid?

Nag and Fleiter- Do you really believe those 100,000 are all illegals? What about those who need and use the services of those undocumented. Ignorance is bliss...

Revenge of the cleaning ladies! And for those of you who hire them to clean your homes, do your gardening, and watch your brats while you go out and make six figures are to blame. Illegal Aliens want America more than American citizens do. They certainly have better advocates.(LOL)

Illegal aliens caused the credit bubble, the housing bubble, the Enron scam, mismanged the big banks and stock market brokerages, etc., etc.. Oh that's right! Those little problems were all caused by U.S. citizens most of them several generation Americans.

Arrest them all for sedition.

spending more taxpayer money to support an illegal group.

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Are you kidding me? By who....some old fat white man? I wonder how many of these tough guys on here talking all this nonsense will go protest against all these people? Lucky guess.....like O. Internet must be the best thing ever created for people like this. Gives them the chance to speak how they really want, cause in person they don't have much to say.

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