Posted on December 19, 2011

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street Protesters Rally for Immigrant Rights

Sam Levin and Erin Durkin, NY Daily News, December 18, 2011

Hundreds of protesters rallied Sunday for immigrant rights, attempting to breathe new life into the Occupy Wall Street movement as they marked International Migrants Day.

The protesters marched from Foley Square to Zuccotti Park, denouncing the recent spike in deportations and harsh state immigrations laws.

“It’s still horrible. I’m so broken. I haven’t seen my husband in a year and a half,” said Carla Rice-Mata, 47, of the Bronx, a school social worker whose husband was deported to the Dominican Republic in 2003 over an attempted drug possession charge from1988.

“For a long time, I thought I was alone in the world. Thank God there’s a large movement now that recognizes that [deportations] are affecting millions of people.”