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STUDENT PROTESTS GROW, SPREAD TO MD.

STUDENT PROTESTS GROW, SPREAD TO MD.

By Tara Bahrampour and Jamie Stockwell, Washington Post

Protest_2 Demonstrations among high schoolers and middle schoolers spread yesterday as 1,500 students in Northern Virginia and a smaller group in Maryland poured into the streets to protest proposed federal legislation that would crack down on illegal immigrants.

Draped in flags of Latin American countries and ignoring threats from some school administrators, students from Arlington County, Fairfax County and Falls Church left school — or skipped going altogether — to converge at Ballston Metro and march to Courthouse Plaza in Arlington.

Although several District and Maryland schools have significant Latino populations, students in these areas have been slower to protest. Yesterday, however, about 300 students at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington staged a brief walkout.

It was the third time this week that large numbers of Northern Virginia students have joined nationwide protests against proposed legislation that would make being an illegal immigrant a felony and make it a crime to assist them.

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