Yes. During the Civil Rights Movement. People came from all over the country to be part of the protests, demonstrations and marches; some risked their lives (google Viola Liuzzo, or Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman).
But it's apples and oranges. African Americans were legal citizens being denied the same rights as other citizens---by established segregation laws AND social custom. All citizens are entitled to the same rights, including due process and protection under U.S. law.
We also have immigration laws that are supposed to apply to everyone equally (like they do in other countries) that are being broken. A lot of it is greed---businesses want to be able to hire people they can pay pennies. The people coming here illegally want better lives---but who doesn't ? What complicates things is what the U.S. does in other countries, besides making jobs and benefits available to people who immigrate illegally. If the laws are unfair, like the Jim Crow laws were---change them ! But there's no point in having the laws on the books and ignoring them.

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The essential difference IS the fact that African Americans were citizens that built this country for nothing and Hispanics come illegally with the expectation of MORE rights and benefits than most Americans can get. America isnt what it once was. We can not take millions of cheaters and their children on the taxpayers' dime

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Unlikely. I don't think African Americans came here voluntarily looking for a better life and willing to risk much for a "new life". Most illegal Hispanics work their butts off to achieve. My impression of the " African Americans" born In the USA since and long after their ancestors arrived on slave ships are content to be "victims" and feel that they are owed something for what their ancestors went through rather than "freeing" themselves from historical slavery by becoming just Americans and taking advantage of free education, talking jobs that are beneath them in order to acquire skills and knowledges necessary to succeed.

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Stereotypes this thick are startling even for an old man. Illegals "work Hard" and blacks are "victims" though we have almost daily evidence to disprove the accuracy of such generalizations. This country wouldn't be what it is without blacks "freeing" themselves. Hispanics wouldn't be here taking advantage of an American dream if not for what blacks did to make it possible for ALL peoples of color in the US. History verifies this.

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Who can really empathize with the African American experience in this country besides other African Americans?

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