Phoenix Immigration Protests

(Aired on NPR Newscasts,  09Feb2007)

Nats at protest: “Si se puede, si se puede”

Officials estimate more than 10-thousand people waved Mexican and US flags protesting a Congressional proposal that would make illegal immigration a felony.

The demonstrators marched to Senator Jon Kyl’s Phoenix office–Kyl has been at the forefront of federal immigration reform and has pushed for tougher immigration legislation.  Demonstrators from the Border Action Network are demanding more humane immigration legislation.  Southern Arizona is the nation’s number one entry point for illegal immigrants.

President Bush has proposed a guest worker program which would allow migrants to work seasonal jobs in the US and then return to their home countries.

For NPR News, I’m Tony Ganzer in Phoenix.