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Immigration law protest draws crowd of about 400 | AccessNorthGa.

Posted: Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 4:06pm

Immigration law protest draws crowd of about 400

By Jay Andrews, Ken Stanford
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GAINESVILLE – About 400 people turned out in downtown Gainesville Saturday to protest Georgia’s new immigration law.

They rallied at Roosevelt Square from 10:00-12:00, with a heavy police presence standing by, against what organizers call “anti-immigrant legislation” and “discrimination.”

One speaker told the crowd “people should be able to live in this country without fear,” adding, “I have a few words for my fellow American citizens: we are blessed…privileged to be born in this country. However, we did not do anything to earn this privilege. It is not because of our own merit that we were born here.”

She went on to say “all people deserve a good life. We have an obligation to act morally and we are commanded to love our neighbor.”

Sponsors of the rally included the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Habersham Families Helping Families, Students for a Progressive Society of Gainesville, North Georgia Immigrant Justice, the Democratic Party of Habersham County and several churches.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the law last week.

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