May Day Protests In Seattle Turn Ugly Again

May 2, 2013
Deborah Wang / KUOW

May Day began peacefully in Seattle with a march for immigration reform. But in the evening, hundreds of protesters clashed with police.

Police used what they call “blast balls.” That’s a kind of explosive that also contains pepper spray.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

A few hundred people rallied at a downtown park in Boise for immigration reform before marching to the Statehouse. As part of the national May Day rallies, Idaho labor unions, businesses and student groups came out in support of a U.S. Senate bill that would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to America illegally. 

Cristina McNeil is with the Idaho Community Action Network. She says that lobbying Congressman Raul Labrador to pass comprehensive immigration reform is an important part of the struggle.

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador joined the GOP's biggest stars Thursday morning as thousands of conservatives and tea party activists gather near Washington DC.

The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, offers Republican leaders a high-profile stage to talk about issues, including immigration.

Labrador told CPAC members that conservatives need a grander vision for immigration reform.  He laid out a three-point plan.

Office of Rep. Raul Labrador

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. 

Holder withheld documents from a congressional investigation into the failed border security operation knownas“Fast and Furious.”

U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) has been critical of Holder and Operation Fast and Furious since last year. He spoke on the House floor before the vote.   "The Attorney General has not only failed to produce all the relevant documents, he has misled this Congress and thereby prevented us from uncovering the truth." 

Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) is in Utah Friday to meet with other chief executives from neighboring states.  It’s the first ever meeting of what’s called the Rocky Mountain Roundtable.  They discussed common issues like public lands, water resources, and endangered species.