Monday April 10 is the National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice. If you want to throw in your two cents about this controversial issue, head down to Monument Square in Portland on Monday at noon for a peaceful rally to support immigrant rights. The Portland protest is organized by the Maine Civil Liberties Union; the national day of protests (which includes 30 cities in the US) is sponsored by the National Capitol Immigration Coalition (NCIC). Portland organizers are asking immigrants and their supporters to wear white shirts and carry American flags. According to Rachel Myers, Field Organizer for MCLU, the rally is to oppose criminalizing illegal immigrants and to support "creating pathways to citzenship" for those who do not have US resident status.
An immigration reform bill in the US Senate has come under fire in part for proposing to make illegal immigrant status in this country a felony. The modified bill, without the felony clause, is in the midst of heated debate and tinkering on the Senate floor.
If you're in favor of tougher laws against illegal immigrants, go and protest the protest. It's likely Shawn Loura will be there when you arrive, since it appears the former "Peace Guy" of Monument Square has now hung up his two fingers in favor of a sign demanding that "Illegals Go Home." Oh Peace Guy, what happened?