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DOWNTOWN PROTEST:


About 350 high school students waving Mexican and American flags marched early Tuesday morning in protest of the immigration control measures currently under consideration by Congress. The protesters set out from Santa Barbara’s Eastside, stopped at City Hall, and ultimately gathered at Santa Barbara High School. A contingent of demonstrators met briefly with Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum and then moved up State Street. No arrests were made, though police reported feeling nervous when it appeared about 100 demonstrators might block the freeway by Garden Street. In Santa Maria on Sunday, an estimated 7,000 – 10,000 people marched peacefully along downtown sidewalks.



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