Immigration Activists Cheer Gov. Brown, Trust Act at Hollywood Rally

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More than 1,000 activists ended their hours-long rally and march through Hollywood on Saturday on a high note after getting word that Gov. Jerry Brown had signed several bills that would ease conditions for immigrants.


Diego Cap, 55, a member of Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, waves an American flag during a march and rally in Hollywood on Saturday. (Matt Stevens / Los Angeles Times / October 5, 2013)

Just before noon on Saturday, a swelling crowd of union workers, immigrants and activists started their march down Western Avenue before turning onto Sunset Boulevard and finally Vine Street.

Oscar Valladares, 34, was heading down Sunset holding a purple “Citizenship for the 11 million” sign. When told that Brown had signed the Trust Act, the father of a 4-year-old rejoiced.

Under the new legislation, law enforcement officials in California who arrest immigrants in the country illegally will be prohibited from detaining them for transfer to federal authorities unless they are suspected of committing a serious crime.

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