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LA May Day march: Exploring immigration and labor unions

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A man shows his support for immigration rights protesters during a May Day rally march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2016. / AFP / Mark Ralston        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man shows his support for immigration rights protesters during a May Day rally march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2016. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A look at the history of labor unions and their stance on immigration. Plus, we go straight to the scene of the demonstrations.

In Los Angeles, over a hundred unions and labor groups are turning out for the march to city hall.

Monday’s May Day march has one central issue at its core: immigration policy. But labor hasn’t always been welcoming to immigrant workers. Especially immigrants without legal status.

For a look at how the relationship between labor and the undocumented workforce has changed over the years, we spoke to Harley Shaiken who teaches economics at UC Berkeley.

Later, we were joined by KPCC’s Leslie Berestein Rojas. She was at MacArthur Park where the LA march kicked off Monday morning.

To listen to the full segment, click the blue play button above.

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