more headlines on recent immigration protests

Houston area students protest immigration reform proposal
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

About 150 students from an Aldine school staged a walkout this morning, hiking several miles to protest a potential congressional crackdown on illegal immigration.

After walking some eight miles from Eisenhower High School, 7922 Antoine, to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at 126 Northpoint Drive, the group stood outside holding signs and a Mexican flag for about two hours.

By 2 p.m. the students had dispersed but few if any appeared to have boarded the school buses sent to retrieve them.

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Other students said they walked past Aldine High School which was locked down so others could not leave.

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Houston-area students march to City Hall
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Hundreds of students from Houston-area schools skipped class this morning to march in the rain to City Hall and participate in other local rallies to protest tighter restrictions on immigration.

Hector Arguelles, 18, said he and about 100 other students from Jeff Davis High School felt inspired to walk out today after seeing teens protest nationally Monday.

He prepared and distributed a flier to help his classmates understand the main points of proposed federal legislation that aims to make it a crime – rather than a civil violation – to live in the United States without proper documentation. The legislation would also put penalties on employers who hire immigrants and build fences along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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At least a dozen school buses were parked along McKinney. The buses were sent by the Houston Independent School District to drive students back to Austin, Davis and Sam Houston high schools. By 1 p.m., school officials announced that the students were back on their campuses.

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Students protest proposed tighter rules
Walkouts that were organized over the Internet held at Eisenhower and other schools

— reported by the Houston Chronicle

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About 150 students, most of them Hispanic, left Eisenhower around 9 a.m. and walked nine miles to an immigration office, where they stood outside holding signs and a Mexican flag for nearly two hours.

By 2 p.m. the students had dispersed at the urging of about a dozen police officers, but none boarded the four school buses sent to retrieve them.

Students at several other schools in Houston also walked out in opposition to proposed federal legislation that would impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants, build fences along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, punish those who assist illegal immigrants, and make it a crime — rather than a civil violation — to be in the United States without proper documentation.

The marches were organized primarily over the Internet after several massive protests took place last week around the country, including one in Houston on Saturday that drew 6,000 marchers.

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