Photos: Hundreds March Downtown For Immigration Reform
Yesterday, hundreds marched down Broadway in downtown, demanding immigration reform that would give the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. They chanted slogans, carried banners and even crosses with messages for the president and Congress, like "No more deportations" and "No more broken promises." A large banner demanded "Full Rights For Immigrants."
Juan Jose Gutierrez told the Los Angeles Times that he's more optimistic than ever that this could be the year for major immigration reform. He said the new pope from Argentina who has made ministering to the poor a priority has also been an inspiration to latino immigrants. He said, "This is the era of hope for the oppressed. We believe that 2013 will be the year."
Some of the groups marching included Vamos Unidos USA, the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, the Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas, Alianza Hondurena de Los Angeles and Union de Guatemalteco Emigrantes.
A lot has changed since 500,000 people filled the streets of Los Angeles in 2006. Then marchers were worried about threats from Congress to create harsher penalties for undocumented immigrants. Since latino voters turned out to be key to reelecting President Obama, Republicans have started to get behind immigration reform.
Here's a video from Huffington Post discussing the immigration march seven years ago: