On April 10, more than 10,000 people gathered on the lawn of the Capitol to rally for the rights of the US’ 11 million undocumented immigrants. The protesters -including a significant number of undocumented people – came from all over the country to call for an end to deportations, and to advocate for a new legal framework in which all Americans are treated as equals.
Protesters begin their march, trickling in from all around the country.
The rally sees its share of counter-protesters.
SEIU hands out flags, pamphlets and other goodies to support the rally.
A large portion of the crowd includes families.
A young man raises a flag, calling for recognition – and rights – for all Americans (including those who are currently undocumented).
Our broken system affects millions of children – and many show up to the rally with their parents.
Scores of children rally enthusiastically for a better future.
The crowd chants, “The time is now!”
The rally is powerful and moving – but also joyful.
A contender for best sign: “Hey Congress: try pretending that immigrants are Wall Street banks! (The rest will come naturally)”!
Undocumented and documented Immigrants come together, their voices united.
A sea of 10,000 protesters spill out across the lawn.
Reforma migratoria ahora: The crowd calls for immigration reform – now!
A couple poses to display their sign: “The people of Guatemala support reform!”
La Santa Cecilia perform one of their new songs “El Hielo ” (ICE) to pump up supporters.
As participants share their personal stories, emotion sweeps through the audience.
Faith leaders leave the crowd with a united message: Love thy Neighbor!
With the rally drawing to a close, protesters linger on the lawn to make their voices heard.
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