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10.03.2006, 08:40
<H1>Ethnic groups rally for immigrant rights</H1>
By Oscar Avila and Antonio Olivo
Tribune staff reporters
Published March 10, 2006, 2:15 PM CST

<DIV id=watermark>A mass of flag-waving humanity jammed downtown Chicago this afternoon as tends of thousands of protesters rallied at Federal Plaza to demand more humane immigration laws.

Earlier, businesses, restaurants and schools across the region emptied out, and busloads of immigrants from Mexico, Poland and Ireland streamed to the protest's assembly point in Union Park, at Ashland Avenue and Washington Boulevard on the city's West Side.

At the park, the participants

10.03.2006, 10:58

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<DIV class=artTitle>Immigrants stage massive protest in Chicago</DIV>
<DIV class=newsdate>10 Mar 2006 21:05:25 GMT
</DIV>Source: Reuters
</TD></TR></T></TABLE>CHICAGO, March 10 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Mexican and other immigrants held a massive rally in Chicago on Friday to protest proposed changes to U.S. immigration laws.

Waving flags and carrying signs reading "We're people, not criminals" and "Working hands do not deserve handcuffs," they streamed on foot into the downtown area, overwhelming a square at the federal court house where the rally was held.

Chicago police said from 75,000 to 100,000 people were involved in the march and rally.

The target of the protest was legislation sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year and is being considered in the U.S. Senate along with competing proposals.

His bill would make it illegal to assist an undocumented immigrant, something that priests, ministers and other social workers have said would turn those who routinely help immigrants into criminals.

Critics have said the legislation would stiffen punishments for millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country without creating a way to set them on a path to citizenship. <BR clear=all>