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Thousands Of Immigrants Turn Out In San Jose (link to video)
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Monday May 1st, 2006 6:07 PM
(CBS 5/BCN) SAN JOSE For second-generation immigrant Martin Herrera and his two daughters, the decision to boycott work and school Monday in support of millions of undocumented workers opposed to pending Congressional immigration legislation was a no-brainer.

Some of the hundreds of immigrant advocates who gathered in East San Jose in preparation for this afternoon's rally and march, which police estimate drew some 50,000 people, voiced similar concerns about the possibility of HR Bill 4437 regaining support.

About half of the businesses at Story and King roads had posted signs that explained in both English and Spanish that the stores would be closed today to show solidarity with immigrants. Workers at stores that remained open, including Valley Credit Union and T Mobile, said that by noon stores had noticed a significant drop in the number of customers.

"Oh, yes, we're definitely feeling it," an employer at Valley Credit Union said. A T Mobile employer added "It's definitely not working to our advantage."

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Monday May 1st, 2006 6:44 PM
Thousands of immigrants and their supporters have begun their march in San Jose, starting their trek to downtown more than 30 minutes ahead of schedule.

Starting from the Mi Pueblo plaza shortly before 3:30 p.m., the throng headed east on Story Road then turned north on King Road as they headed for a rally in downtown San Jose.

Minutes after they began, loud boos arose as marchers spotted a single-engine plane flew overhead pulling a banner that read: ``Wake up America close the borders.'' It also listed a Web site,

The San Jose march was just one of many that occurred to mark a day of national immigrant protest throughout the Bay Area and the nation. Earlier today, thousands marched in San Francisco and Oakland.