The parades in this country for May Day were a repeat of protests in favor of amnesty, legalization and citizenship for some 12m immigrants at work in this country without permits--but "smaller than last year's," noted NBC's George Lewis. CBS led with Bill Whitaker who explained that their fervor declined after the failure of legislation to make illegal entry a felony. Yet Whitaker reckoned that prospects are slim for an opposite measure, a law that would offer that "pathway to citizenship" for those here illegally. ABC mentioned the protests only in passing.
CBS followed up with Sandra Hughes at the fence along the California-Mexico border. To dramatize the consequences of the drive by Immigration & Customs Enforcement--dubbed Operation Return to Sender--that has deported 24,000 residents with expired visas in the past year, Hughes showed us the separated lives of the Munoz family: weekdays three siblings, all native-born citizens of the United States, live at an aunt's house and attend school in San Diego; weekends they stay with their deported parents in a one-room slum apartment in Tijuana.
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