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Immigration activists to protest outside President Obama fundraiser in Hancock Park

August 16, 2010 |  3:01 pm

An immigration rights group is ushering in President Obama’s visit to Los Angeles with a bit of Hollywood flair.

More than 100 immigration protesters are expected to gather in Hancock Park late Monday afternoon dressed in costumes from “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It’s a story about searching for a dream, searching for that promised land,” said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, spokesman for immigrant rights organization CHIRLA. “We find there’s a lot of parallels.”

According to a CHIRLA statement, Dorothy represents Obama’s “hopeful vision” in a “land of bickering.”

The heartless Tin Man is being equated with the Republican Party. The Cowardly Lion is a stand-in for the Democrats’ congressional leaders. And the Scarecrow represents politicians “pitting immigrants against the rest of America.”

No word yet on the Wicked Witch of the West.

Demonstrators are scheduled to begin gathering about 3:30 p.m. at West 3rd and South June streets.

-- Robert Faturechi

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