Immigration march to affect traffic in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Police are advising drivers of a possible immigration march planned today that could pose trouble to those traveling through a major corridor.

The group behind the march, Movimiento Cosecha, has planned the marches across the nation today, fighting for permanent protection for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Up to 6,000 people are expected to rally for immigration rights and participate in the march, which is set to take off at noon from Roosevelt Park, located on Grandville Avenue SW near Clyde Park Avenue. It will end at Grand Rapids City Hall,  300 Monroe Avenue NW.

“Our goal is for Movimiento Cosecha to be able to communicate its message and exercise it First Amendment right in a peaceful manner,” Police Chief David Rahinsky said. “Our police department is prepared to be adaptive as the march progresses toward City Hall. However, the motoring public is encouraged to use an alternative route away from the Grandville corridor in order to avoid delays.”

The city says 50 Grand Rapids police officers are being called into to assist with this event.

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16 comments

  • Unslaved

    Anyone that stops traffic because of his “political message” is an ásshole. “Political message” usually boils down to “I want the government monopoly on violence to be used on THIS group of people instead of THAT group.” How about we get rid of government so we don’t have to worry about who is taking away our rights? No that makes too much sense…let’s just fight each other over trivialities and beg to be controlled.

  • C

    If they block traffic, they’re breaking the law. Arrest them, and if undocumented, deport them. No questions, no nothing. No sanctuary churches or states or cities. These people flaunt our laws with impunity. If they’re not here with the appropriate paperwork get them out of here immediately.This isn’t North Mexico. It’s the United States.

  • J.B.

    ““Our goal is for Movimiento Cosecha to be able to communicate its message and exercise it First Amendment right in a peaceful manner,”
    Do you mean your first amendment rights as a “citizen” of this country?
    Or just to be a bunch of illegal foreign nationals demanding free stuff and special privileges from the actual tax paying citizenry of the country you are invading?
    And where in your list of “rights” does say that is ok to assemble and disrupt local business and travel in a major thoroughfare that normal citizens would be ticketed and or arrested for doing?
    By breaking the law and then demanding those same laws should then grant you your “rights” is completely asinine..
    You do not get to “pick and choose” between the laws which apply to you and the ones that you just choose to disregard.
    Tired of it…immigrate legally…or get out…

    • Mr Potato Head

      What makes you think it will just be illegals marching? There are US Citizens, ones even born in this county, who created this Movement, and will also be marching in it…

  • J.B.

    They sure like to quote the law and talk about their “rights” under our constitution.
    Despite the fact that they are openly disregarding both by even being here.

  • dace

    “…the motoring public is encouraged to use an alternative route”
    That’s just wrong. The “motoring public” are here lawfully. What’s this catering to the crowd BS

  • Bud

    Illegal Aliens have no intention of obeying U.S. laws they don’t agree with, which is exactly why we should be shipping every damn one of them back to their country of origin.

  • G

    Blocking and impeding traffic for rights 3/4 of them shouldn’t have. This world has gone down the shitter. If I have somewhere to be and in a specific time frame, I’m using the roads I pay for with my taxes! Get out of my way!

  • Augster

    The last Michigan city that’s not an all-out sh hole and I’ll be damned if they’re not out to ruin it! I have no problem with people living in a sh hole, but when they start voting for me to join them by funding their decadence, I take it personally. They don’t want a safe, lawful society. They’re just happy taking one away from us.