Across the country and throughout Miami-Dade, thousands of immigrants and their allies gathered on Monday to protest President Donald Trump's toughened immigration enforcement measures, and to mark International Workers' Day. We are exhausted of being demonized and scapegoated. Sign up for free news alerts from WND.com, America's independent news network.
The week after Trump took office, he signed an executive order that temporarily suspended refugee admissions to the USA and suspended admission for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
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Organizer Michael Bellamy told News 4 that historically May Day has been about "making sure that people who are actually producing the things that we need to live are getting what they deserve for the work that they do".
During the march, the demonstrators displayed signs with messages such as "We don't lead the USA but we make the U.S. work", while others shouted slogans such as "Trump says go back and we counterattack".
Taxin reported from Los Angeles.
The Trump administration has also threatened to withhold funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" and other jurisdictions that restrict cooperation between local law-enforcement and federal immigration authorities. "We felt it was really important for us to show up at this year's march".
"If certain communities of color feel they are being targeted, they will not report real crimes and that puts everyone's safety at risk", Vice President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union Roxana Rivera explained.
In Portland, Oregon, police shut down a protest they said had become a riot and arrested more than two dozen people.
Thousands of labor and immigrant rights activists took to the streets Monday for a wave of protests in conjunction with May Day, a day that sparks protests annually among progressives but which took on a sharper edge this year over concerns about President Trump's agenda. The moniker commemorates the Haymarket affair, the name given to the violent confrontation that took place in Chicago in 1886 between police and union strikers demanding an eight-hour workday.
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In Philadelphia, about 1,000 school teachers, who've been working without a contract for years, protested outside schools around the city.
Carrying the United States national flag, protesters march on May Day through downtown Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2017. "We are inspired by their pride in our country's principles, their devotion to our freedom, and their solemn pledge to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic".
Seattle police said on Twitter that the suspect was arrested early Monday evening for reportedly throwing a rock as a group of Trump supporters met up with other May Day protesters in Westlake Park.
"We grew up here", said her friend, Diana Chavez, an immigrant from Mexico who moved to the U.S.in 2000.
Trump, like many presidents before him, released a statement about the day, asking Americans to "honor the United States of America and those who uphold its values".
But the primary impetus cited by civil liberties and labour activists was Trump's strict new immigration enforcement policy - falling most heavily on undocumented workers who toil in low-paying, non-unionised sectors such as hospitality, childcare and agriculture.
In Paris, police fired tear gas and used clubs on rowdy protesters at a march that included calls to defeat far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
Seattle police have arrested one person during a May Day rally. This year, for the first time, they are explicitly partrnered with immigrants' rights groups for the May 1 action.
The origins of May Day, a traditional marker of spring, as a day of protest in the United States are rooted in the bloody history of the labor movement. "We've seen this administration sink to new levels of lowness", said Crowley.