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Photos: Today's May Day Immigration Rally in Downtown

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Thousands of people filled the streets of Downtown Los Angeles today to take part in a march and rally held to bring attention to the issue of immigration reform and immigrants' rights.

The May Day event was a colorful gathering of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, many of which were protesting Arizona's SB 1070, a law that accords great power to their local authorities for performing the more-typically federal duties of immigration enforcement. Because of SB 1070, worries about racial profiling and discrimination have rippled through communities across the country, particularly those that are heavily Latino.

Today's rally and march was described as peaceful; although the LAPD were on full deployment there were no injuries or arrests.