In an interesting twist, in the heart of Boyle Heights at the corner of Soto Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue at the MTA stop across the street from King Taco where Hilary Clinton during the 2008 presidential election came to eat tacos with local area residents, were approximately 8 young men and women protesters in native-Aztecan dress dancing to the drumbeat with a sign that read “USA External Policies are Forcing Migration.” The dancers stated they were with Grupo Menchica Cuahtemoc and handed out flyers that read “Marcha por Zapata 2011” or March for Zapata 2011 on Sunday, April 10 with a famous quote of Emiliano Zapata that in English reads “I would rather die being a slave of principles than of men.”
Typically, protests in the area have been for immigration reform or for other matters, but as a first, the protest was about migration, or people leaving the United States for other countries, blaming the exodus on external policies of the United States, i.e. the North American Free Trade Agreement known as NAFTA. More specifically, the protest addresses a trend that began in 2008 where a large number of immigrants began returning to their countries of origin. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan and non-profit research organization, “the new data not only indicate that there was a slowdown in immigration in 2008 and 2009, it also indicates there was a substantial increase in the number of immigrants who returned to their home counties, particularly in 2008.”
Read the entire report at: USA External Policies are Forcing Migration | Diigo.