Homeless paid $10 to rally - Crowd opposes illegal immigration

By Nancy Badertscher, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 20, 2005

...Fourteen homeless people made $10 each Monday to hold signs in a crowd of several dozen people who gathered for an anti-illegal immigrant rally at the state Capitol.

D.A. King, an anti-illegal immigration activist from Marietta who spoke at the protest, acknowledged Wednesday that he paid "14 willing American workers to let their voices be heard about illegal immigration."

"I consider it very good use of the day labor laws," King said.

The rally, which was broadcast live on a local radio station, was designed to build support for passage next year of legislation that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants.

King said the people he hired to hold signs at the rally are homeless, regularly congregate near the Capitol and share his views on illegal immigration.

"Trust me, they are angry," King said. "When the day comes when I cannot pay an American for an hour's worth of work for making their voices heard, it's a sad day," he said....

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