In dozens of cities across the country, from New York City to San Diego, from Atlanta to Phoenix, protesters took to the streets in support of legislation that would help some 11 million undocumented workers settle permanently in the United States.
Thousands of Protesters Rally for Immigrant Rights
By Bill Brubaker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 10, 2006; 7:30 PM
Tens of thousands of protesters, many chanting “USA” and ” S, se puede,” rallied today in Washington for immigrant rights in a boisterous demonstration that Latino organizers hope will lead to a permanent movement.
The rally on the Mall—a venue that was the stage for other social movements, such as civil rights for African Americans in the 1960s and opposition of the Vietnam War in the 1970s—comes as Congress is bitterly divided over how to deal with the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Organizers said they were confident today’s event will boost the political capital of the nation’s largest minority group.
The Mall was crowded with thousands of people from 7th Street to 12th streets N.W. and hundreds more gathered near the Washington Monument on 14th Street. Late this afternoon, as protesters continued to arrive at La Marcha , as some volunteers called the rally, it was clear the rush-hour commute would be slowed out of the District.