Some southwestern Connecticut residents fight for immigrants' rights

Hundreds of people from Stamford and Bridgeport stood up for immigrants' rights on Saturday. It was all part of a national campaign to focus attention on the growing number of immigrants and the need for their civil rights, and their rights in the workplace to be protected.

In Stamford alone, there are roughly 12,000 more immigrants in the city now than there were in 1990. They make up a major portion of the population. What they have to endure on a daily basis is the reason why a movement is underway to protect them.

Every day at 7:00 a.m. in an area of Stamford known as "el Palomar," day laborers by the dozens begin waiting for someone to come by and give them a job. These men are hired as landscapers, carpenters, and handymen. They are sometimes ripped off by bosses, and forced to squeeze in one-bedroom apartments with 10 others, eating meals at shelters.

Six busloads of people pulled off from Stamford in a so-called freedom ride to join an estimated 100,000 people at a huge rally in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens. They hope to bring attention to the needs for reuniting families and getting a quicker road to citizenship.

Saturday's rally is just the beginning of the effort to focus attention on the growing number of immigrants in southwestern Connecticut and the problems they face.

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