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Turnout a Bust at Pro-Illegal Immigration Marches; L.A. Protesters One-Tenth of 2006 Effort
Saturday, May 1, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on 05/01/2010 5:49:25 PM PDT by kristinn

Despite a coordinated hype campaign between left-wing pro-illegal immigration activists and the mainstream media, turnout was a bust at May Day marches in two bellwether American cities where crowds were much lower than expected. In Los Angeles, the turnout was a mere tenth of the half-million that marched there four years ago.

In a preview article published yestereday, Reuters said of the pending Los Angeles march:

Marches across the state on Saturday will show whether Latinos are energized. The standard will be the rallies in March 2006, when some 500,000 people took over downtown Los Angeles to oppose a tough federal bill that later failed.

The AP reported that police estimated the number of protesters in Los Angeles at 50,000, half of what was expected by organizers:

Police officials estimated about 50,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Los Angeles to demand immigration reform and to protest Arizona's tough new law against illegal immigrants.

Officer Rosario Herrera said the crowd peaked early Saturday afternoon and was estimated to have dwindled to about 30,000 by 2 p.m.

...Police had prepared for an anticipated 100,000 people.

In Dallas, where 100,000 were also expected to march, only 20,000 to 25,000 turned out, according to this AP report:

Organizers had estimated as many as 100,000 might attend the Dallas march. Police estimated between 20,000 and 25,000 gathered in the plaza outside City Hall. Organizers said thousands more participated in the march.

The May Day marches were already arranged by leftist groups across the country as a traditional communist day of agitation. The same leftist groups have been supporting amnesty for illegal aliens for years, making the marches the perfect fit for an instant nationwide protest against Arizona's new law targeting illegal aliens.

Respective turnout in the seventy other cities scheduled to have pro-illegal immigration marches today numbered in the high hundreds to well less than ten thousand, putting them well under the two million Tea Party protesters who demonstrated in cities and towns nationwide just two weeks ago on April 15th.

It appears that nationwide the pro-illegal immigration movement failed to match the 500,000 marchers they had in just one city, Los Angeles, four years ago.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2006; aliens; bust; dallas; effort; epicfail; illegal; illegalimmigration; immigration; losangeles; lowturnout; marches; mayday; proillegal; protesters; sb1070; turnout
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1 posted on 05/01/2010 5:49:25 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Could be because there is a sensing that there is a GROWING BACKLASH against the illegals?


2 posted on 05/01/2010 5:50:20 PM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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To: kristinn

Police officials could estimate that crowd, but not 1.2 million in D.C. on 9-12...hmmm?


3 posted on 05/01/2010 5:51:19 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: kristinn

Wonder if turnout now correlates with turnout in November?


4 posted on 05/01/2010 5:52:39 PM PDT by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: kristinn

I drove right through the Civic Center area of L.A. today northbound on US 101 about 2:00PM. I saw 5 or 6 helos in the air above the Civic Center, police cars were situated on the overpasses, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of protesters.


5 posted on 05/01/2010 5:53:56 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: kristinn

Many went home to Mexico and/or there’s a Dem in the WH. I sort of wish they had done what they did in 2006. That did wonders for their cause ;)


6 posted on 05/01/2010 5:56:38 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Biggirl

The crowd in LA was at one point chanting “Obama escucha! Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama listen! We’re in the fight!)

They just want a war, so why would there be any backlash from us? <\end sarc>


7 posted on 05/01/2010 5:57:20 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Anyone who has ever read Roman history knows a barbarian invasion when they see one.)
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To: kristinn

Sounds like a bust to me. This may mean more Hispanics support the Arizona law than one might think and they did not turn out.


8 posted on 05/01/2010 5:58:18 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: kristinn
They say “Si se puede”, but from the apparent attendance that was as weak as obama’s manliness, we on the Right can reply to them, “I don't think so.”
9 posted on 05/01/2010 5:58:50 PM PDT by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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To: Biggirl

It may be that they didn’t have the cash for gas to get to the turnout. There is a growing backlash against illegals and I’m sure they are aware that the American general populace is waking up to the problem.


10 posted on 05/01/2010 5:59:52 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Should people be questioning their government? Yes and "Where's the birth certificate?")
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the good news!


11 posted on 05/01/2010 6:02:40 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: Biggirl

I agree, the illegals aren’t stupid, although I hoped for a few good riots.


12 posted on 05/01/2010 6:03:04 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: kristinn

Good News Finally....

Thanks OP


13 posted on 05/01/2010 6:04:12 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: kristinn

Oh noez...

So many had to hide in the shadows this year...


14 posted on 05/01/2010 6:04:32 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: kristinn

They should pick another day to do their agitation. We expect their crap on May day. Have to say, that 2006 march was kind of their high water mark. It was impressive to say the least. It also galvanized the opposition to the illegales.


15 posted on 05/01/2010 6:04:44 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: Liz; AuntB

PING


16 posted on 05/01/2010 6:05:04 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Biggirl

Or maybe a lot of them have already self-deported because they can’t find a job.


17 posted on 05/01/2010 6:05:18 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: Parley Baer
Sounds like a bust to me. This may mean more Hispanics support the Arizona law than one might think and they did not turn out.

Unless they've been radicalized by La Raza, LULAC or that ilk, I'd say that most legal Hispanics are somewhere between embarrassed for and furious at -- the illegals.

After all, in Texas, many Hispanic families have been here as long (if not longer) than whites -- they are the quintessence of "natural born citizens". Those who came here legally played by the rules and jumped through hoops to get in -- something the illegals piss on.

The idiot politicians who pander to "Hispanics" are actually insulting them.

Are you listening, John McCain...?

18 posted on 05/01/2010 6:05:58 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Freddd

“Police officials could estimate that crowd, but not 1.2 million in D.C. on 9-12...hmmm?”

Yeah, I was there too. Today’s reporting on this over-hyped event is a startling contrast to the total lack of coverage of that much larger crowd in DC on 9/12...


19 posted on 05/01/2010 6:06:13 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: PghBaldy

A dem in the white house seems to create problems for all. Go figure.


20 posted on 05/01/2010 6:06:47 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: kristinn

If the AP says 50,000 - my guess it was about 20,000, if that.


21 posted on 05/01/2010 6:08:50 PM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: ichabod1
Or maybe a lot of them have already self-deported because they can’t find a job.

If only the dems would do the same...

22 posted on 05/01/2010 6:09:47 PM PDT by meyer (It's time...)
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To: Parley Baer
This may mean more Hispanics support the Arizona law than one might think and they did not turn out

As I said on another thread...don't delude yourself.

What's most likely is that they're nervous about retaliation, now that the Arizona law has been passed.

The number of people in the country illegally is grossly wrong. It's probably double the 12 million number. And that means that a lot of the people in these tantrums were illegals - who thought they could intimidate the gringos into backing down.

Now they see that isn't happening, and they are nervous.

Let's make them more so. Self deportation to that Nirvana they rhapsodize about - Mexico - will then ensue.

23 posted on 05/01/2010 6:15:28 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: kristinn

In about 3 months we will welcome huge turnouts in Phoenix. Hopefully Phoenix PD will have enough buses standing by.


24 posted on 05/01/2010 6:16:36 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: kristinn
Also, note that the marches were planned long before Brewer signed the new AZ immigration law.

"Planning for this year’s march has been in the works for months, police said."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2504428/posts

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/04/lapd-officials-expect-crowd-of-up-to-100000-at-may-day-rally-on-saturday-.html

25 posted on 05/01/2010 6:17:32 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberals are right. The AZ situation is like Nazi Germany. Mexico is Germany and Arizona is Poland)
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To: kristinn

If the economy wasn’t in the tank, heck, if the unemployment rate were even just 5 or 6 per cent there would have been more of these m’fers in the streets. As it is, the bad economy notwithstanding, I think these people realize now is not the time for pushing this. However if the government isn’t going to get serious about enforcing the existing immigration laws and securing the damn border these groups won’t give up.


26 posted on 05/01/2010 6:20:50 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Biggirl

since when do people who break the law think they are owed anything


27 posted on 05/01/2010 6:21:10 PM PDT by proudCArepublican
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To: kristinn

Of course it failed because of three solid reasons. Number one, most American Hispanics are loyal, law abiding American citizens and want nothing to do with these Hate America” communist and left-wing protesters and their lock-step allies in the current Democrat Party. Number two, most American Hispanics know that POTUS Obama is living in a failed presidency. And....number three, POTUS Obama has thrown all Hispanics under the bus. There will be no immigration legislation this year courtesy of anti-American POTUS Barack Hussein Obama. At least, most Hispanics get it. Some of Obama’s remaining supporters will go down in flames with him and the Democrat Party!!! Minority folks, whoever they may be, ain’t on Obama’s favored list. The sooner American Blacks realize this, the better off they wil be.


28 posted on 05/01/2010 6:21:12 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: kristinn
Maybe they heard that Linda Ronstadt might sing.
29 posted on 05/01/2010 6:21:55 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: kristinn
Police officials estimated about 50,000 demonstrators (including 40,000 media and paid activists from SEIU) marched through downtown Los Angeles to demand immigration reform and to protest Arizona's tough new law against illegal immigrants.

Fix it. When satire and reality become one in the same.
30 posted on 05/01/2010 6:23:39 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: kristinn

31 posted on 05/01/2010 6:25:52 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: kristinn

Deport ‘em all. Law and Order, period!


32 posted on 05/01/2010 6:27:31 PM PDT by Falcon28 (Allen West - 2012 * For a list of conservative candidates in 2010, see my profile)
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To: kristinn

Happy May Day. ;)


33 posted on 05/01/2010 6:32:26 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: okie01

“After all, in Texas, many Hispanic families have been here as long (if not longer) than whites — they are the quintessence of “natural born citizens”. Those who came here legally played by the rules and jumped through hoops to get in — something the illegals piss on.

The idiot politicians who pander to “Hispanics” are actually insulting them.”

Similarly Calif. has a lot of hispanic origin people, some who go back even to pre US statehood, coming down to present generations.

I have a cousin like that. He’s very conservative, and legal immigration is a highly valued aspect within my extended family (Hispanics and Italians).

But we have many ignorant people in America, who will group all spanish surname people together. And say disrespectful things.

When I was a teenager, I met my future wife, child of Italian immigrants. Young and dumb, I joked about the mafia, but they didn’t laugh.

My future in-laws weren’t mafia, they were doctors, lawyers, teachers, nuns, purple heart WWII paratrooper vets. And within their family were legal immigrant parents.

I have a cousin by marriage, who’s spanish ancestors were in California over 200 years ago, before Mexico.

He is very unhappy with people who look at his spanish last name, and presume he’s associated with illegal wetback immigrants.

His dad was career Air Force.


34 posted on 05/01/2010 6:41:27 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Parley Baer

Don’t fall for the MSM hype. These protests were planned long before the law in Arizona was passed, or even written as a bill. This is the annual communist Mayday parade, something we never used to have at all in the USA but would see in other countries on May 1st.


35 posted on 05/01/2010 6:44:11 PM PDT by calex59
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To: kristinn

Illegal immigrants felt more empowered under GWB than they do now under Hussein. How ironical...


36 posted on 05/01/2010 6:46:45 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: kristinn

But But .. the lamebrain media is all

Viva La Reconquista!

Viva La Revolution!

Viva La Illegals!

Strange Times..


37 posted on 05/01/2010 6:49:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: kristinn

I don’t know about anywhere else but in California the Hispanics are also celebrating Cinco de Mayo..So how could anyone tell if it was a May Day crowd or Cinco de Mayo crowd???


38 posted on 05/01/2010 6:50:58 PM PDT by hstacey (Army Mom...)
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To: Windflier


39 posted on 05/01/2010 6:54:14 PM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: kristinn

Funny how these illegals are screaming to stay here with thier king Obama and in a few short years he will “transform” America into another Mexico, and now what? You left one sh## hole to live in another sh##hole.


40 posted on 05/01/2010 7:00:12 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (@#$^%$#!@$#!&*&%)
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To: MaxMax

LMAO!

I think yours is better!


41 posted on 05/01/2010 7:02:18 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: kristinn

Awwwww...couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of race-baiting criminals. See you all at the polls in November!

Then again, with no amnesty for them, I guess I won’t. :)


42 posted on 05/01/2010 7:06:43 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: kristinn

No doubt Whorealdo will say millions...


43 posted on 05/01/2010 7:07:23 PM PDT by clintonh8r (If you make over $250K you aren't a "working family", but if you don't have a job, you are.)
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To: truth_seeker
He is very unhappy with people who look at his spanish last name, and presume he’s associated with illegal wetback immigrants.

It is what the liberals have done to us.

Affirmative Action has created a myth that blacks can't compete.

Pandering to illegal aliens has created suspicions about everybody with a spanish last name or a Latino appearance.

We have got to get rid of this crap.

44 posted on 05/01/2010 7:11:41 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: kristinn

Interesting. all these demonstrations in major cities but... None in Arizona? I wonder why.


45 posted on 05/01/2010 7:12:38 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: kristinn

I read the excerpt kristinn, and I noted it was the AP. I told my wife “It’s the AP, so the crowd was probably more like 5000 rather than 50,000 as the AP would more than likely exaggerate.” She had been watching the news earlier in the evening, and she heard them state there were 10,000 at the event.

We are betting the figure of about 5,000 as pretty close to accurate knowing the leftist journalists penchant to exaggerate to favor the numbers for their sanctioned events.

The opposite naturally for turnout numbers for anything non Democrat, or non Leftist in nature.


46 posted on 05/01/2010 7:18:20 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: kristinn

I heard the MSM report on “record crowds” at the rallies....at 10 am this morning before many had even started-lol.


47 posted on 05/01/2010 7:18:58 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: kristinn

The Oil Spill sucked the air right out of the May Day rallies. Maybe they will have a day without a Mexican again.


48 posted on 05/01/2010 7:25:15 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Global Warming™ - Too big to fail.)
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To: okie01

“We have got to get rid of this crap.”

Texans and Californians have a lot, longer experience.

For many states it is fairly new. They notice a spanish surname in their midst and assume the person is an illegal immigrant.


49 posted on 05/01/2010 7:32:52 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Biggirl

Y E S


50 posted on 05/01/2010 7:42:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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