On May 1st, 2017, tens of thousands of people marked May Day, which, over the past decade or so, has become a day to affirm the rights of immigrant workers. Immigrants, whether undocumented or with papers, contribute hugely to the US economy. In fact, 25 million people of immigrant origin work jobs from construction to computer programming in the US, on average earning less than their native-born counterparts. Immigrants are a bit more likely to own businesses in the US than native born Americans, and commit far fewer crimes per capita. And, contrary to public perceptions, most pay taxes. Today, as we continue our coverage of the May Day march in Los Angeles, we’ll bring you the voices of immigrants and their allies.
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