Immigrant Rally Calls For Improved Working Conditions, Education
NEW YORK -- Immigrants and their supporters staged a march on City Hall Wednesday to call for local reforms and expanded protections for New York’s immigrant community.
Some 1200 people attended the rally, organizers said, including more than 60 various immigrant and advocacy groups. Participants launched the rally in Battery Park and then marched through lower Manhattan to City Hall.
Organizers said they want city officials to take a stronger position on issues affecting immigrants -- including working conditions, housing, and education opportunities for both adults and children.
According to rally organizers, English language learners still have one of the highest high school dropout rates.
Construction-site injuries and fatalities are on the rise, and 75% of those injured are immigrants, advocates said.