Al Sharpton joins labor unions protesting GA immigration law
Posted: Jul 09, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Updated: Jul 09, 2011 3:26 PM EDT
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) –
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined members of a Washington D.C. based labor union in a rally Saturday at the Georgia capitol, protesting the state’s tough new immigration law.
“We’re fired up! Can’t take it no more!” chanted the union members.
Sharpton said his main interest is protecting citizens who can be profiled because they might look like illegal immigrants.
“They’ll start with Latinos, say they look like illegal Mexicans,” said Sharpton. “Then it’ll be blacks, saying they look like illegal Caribbean.”
Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), told CBS Atlanta news that his group is outraged about the effect of the law on immigrant working families.
“I think you’ve got to have labor, civil rights organizations, civil rights organizations coming together and fighting back and making our voices heard,” said Saunders.
Also attending the rally were members of Jobs with Justice, the Atlanta/North Georgia Labor Council, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the ACLU of Georgia, Teamsters Local 728 and the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance.
A Federal judge temporarily blocked parts of the law, which is one reason a counter protester showed up.
“I spent two combat tours in Vietnam to defend my country. I am sad to say that my president and the politicians will not. The border is wide open,” said the man, who did not wish to reveal his name.
Nataly Ibarra, 16, addressed the crowd. She’s an illegal immigrant who goes to high school in Cobb County. She’s also a member of the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance.
“I hope that we get the right. We’ve been living here all our lives. We grew up in the United States, and we want the chance to be here to go to college and to have a better future,” said Ibarra.