Monday, May 01, 2006

Un dia sin immigrante - Early News Roundup

Here are links to news stories I've been able to find so far regarding widespread rallies and economic boycotts for El Gran Paro 2006.

Tucson, AZ
Salina, KS
Elgin, IL
Los Angeles, CA
Ottumwa, IA
Oakland, CA
Allentown, PA
Detroit, MI
Phoenix, AZ
Denver, CO
Orlando, FL
Providence, RI

This is the most shocking news to me, from San Diego, CA/Tijuana

In Tijuana, meanwhile, about 50 protesters, mostly middle-aged women, held signs and banners urging motorists early Monday morning not to cross into San Diego. By 8 a.m., they were blocking seven lanes on the easternmost side of the port of entry.

About 10 minutes later, Tijuana police had cleared one lane for traffic, leaving the protesters to block about five others.

They had few cars to block, however. Border traffic at San Ysidro, normally very heavy in the mornings, had dropped to almost nothing.

Tijuanans traditionally take advantage of their Labor Day holiday to cross into San Diego to shop or for entertainment, lining up by the hundreds to drive or walk across the border.

On Monday, however, even before the demonstrators began blocking lanes, cross-border traffic at San Ysidro was almost non-existent.

As the morning wore on, however, traffic began to pick up somewhat. By 9 a.m., there were an average of 40 vehicles per lane at San Ysidro. Two hours earlier, the lanes had been mostly empty.

A typical Monday morning sees about 200 vehicles per lane.

Please put any links you find in the comments section so I can update. I'll be in and out today, obviously, but want to document the media coverage. CNN, MSNBC and Faux News are all over it.


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