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rally, activists called yesterday for comprehensive immigration overhauls>Boston Globe
>Activists, opponents clash at immigration rally
>By James Vaznis, Globe Staff | May 2, 2005
>Clashing with opponents in a few heated exchanges at a Copley Square
that include1. fair wages,2. respect in the workplace,3. and in-state college tuition4. and driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
>of Centro Presente, an immigrants' rights organization based in Cambridge
>''There are so many cases of immigrant workers not being paid wages or
>being paid under minimum wage," said Elena Letona, executive director
that works with the Latino community. ''They've been the most exploited
>workforce."Thomas M. Menino, who said that one in four city residents was born outside
>The rally included appearances by Councilor Felix Arroyo and Mayor
the United States.
>MIT, said coming to America has provided her children with greater
>Gerthy Lahens, 53, who is studying urban planning on a fellowship at
opportunities than they would have had in Haiti. Her daughter recently graduated
from MIT, and her son is at Boston College.
>here to give myself and my children another chance in life, and that's the
>''We will make America the best country it can be," she said. ''I came
dream of all immigrants. This is our home, and we will stay."
>read, ''Illegals steal jobs." Beside him stood his 5-year-old son with a
>The event also drew about a dozen protesters.
>Mark Sookop, 40, a financial planner from Lincoln, held a sign that
sign that read, ''I don't want my college spot given away because I'm
American," referring to a bill on Beacon Hill that would allow undocumented
immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state colleges instead of out-of-state
>Americans when they are illegals," Sookop said.
>''They have a lot of nerve to say they want the same rights as
>way through the crowd.
>The two sides occasionally exchanged views.
>Ralph Filicchia, 69, a Watertown resident who was shopping in the city
>yesterday, criticized the expansion of immigrant rights as he made his
>to healthcare benefits.
>Spotting a sign written in Spanish, he asked the woman why she did not
>write it in English. Later, he engaged in a heated debate with a small
>group of Asian-Americans about undocumented immigrants gaining access
>said that immigrants contribute more to the economy than they receive in
>''They are costing us millions of dollars," Filicchia said after the
>exchange. ''It's a drain on the country."
>Michael Liu, 56, an Asian-American researcher who debated Filicchia,
>government benefits. ''My parents were immigrants," he said. ''I feelharassment."
>immigrants have a right to earn a decent living and be free of
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