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Occupy Wall Street Protesters March For International Migrants Day

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Migrant Day Protest (credit: Sonia Rincon / 1010 WINS)

Migrant Day Protest (credit: Sonia Rincon / 1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One day after Occupy Wall Street protesters marked the third month anniversary of their movement, they marched again through Lower Manhattan Sunday for International Migrants Day.

Benjamin Ferguson of Brooklyn held a union banner and told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon that he’s standing up for those who come to this country to work.

“They are part of the 99 percent like we are. They have not caused the economic crisis that is going on right now, just like the rest of the poor in this country haven’t, and yet, like the poor in other countries, we’re having to suffer the most,” he said.

“Out of the 99 percent, immigrants are probably in the bottom 15 percent, in terms of income inequality, in terms of all forms of exploitation, structural as well as psychological,” said Martin Cobian of Occupy Wall Street Latin America.

“No human being should be illegal in a globalized society,” said Carlos, a job-seeking immigrant.

With familiar labor and “Occupy” chants in English and Spanish, the crowd of a few hundred marched slowly in the cold to Zuccotti Park.

“I’m ashamed of it. I don’t want to be a part of a system right now where I’m privileged to the point where I have special rights in public that other people don’t. I’m very uncomfortable about that,” said protester Matthew from Harlem.

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