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Rallies call to ‘stop the invasion’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “We are keeping the debate on illegal immigration in the forefront of the American consciousness,” said Joseph Turner of Save Our State, which wants to shut down day-labor centers set up near large home-supply stores that the group claims are magnets for illegal immigrants. The centers pair employers with people seeking temporary work, such as painting or landscaping. In Danbury, Conn., about 50 people calling themselves the Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control spent about two hours chanting and holding signs that read “Arrest Illegal Employers.” Paul Streitz, who organized the demonstrations, said members believe illegal immigrants are taking jobs from citizens while driving down property values. “This is not a racist thing,” said Daniel Anastasia, 46, a construction worker from Westchester, N.Y. “We pay taxes, they don’t. I get paid what the union says. The contractor pays them cash. It’s not fair to me.” Small groups of protesters rallied nationwide Saturday against illegal immigration and lax border security, demanding the government penalize employers who hire illegal workers. The so-called “Stop the Invasion” protests were organized in 19 states, but in several cities only a smattering of opponents of illegal immigration turned out. In Glendale, about two dozen protesters waving American flags gathered outside a home-supply store, but they were surrounded and shouted down by more than 100 drum-beating supporters of immigrant rights who chanted, “Racists go home.” The two groups traded shouts and obscene gestures for more than an hour. One man was arrested for assault, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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