local immigration protests, a news roundup

Thousands of immigration protesters march in Houston
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Thousands of protesters poured through the streets of Houston, filling Allen’s Landing Park as chants of “All we want is the American dream!” echoed through the air.

The size of the crowd wasn’t immediately clear. Lt. Robert Manzo, a spokesman for Houston Police Department, put the number at 7,500. Activists at the march estimated that as many as 10,000 were taking part as of mid-afternoon Monday.

Houston Police Department Assistant Chief George Buenik said the marchers, most of them Hispanics, were peaceful and no incidents had been reported by mid-afternoon.


Police estimate between 350,000 and 500,000 were in peaceful crowd

— reported by the Houston Chronicle

As many as a half million immigrants and their supporters spilled into the streets of downtown Dallas on Sunday, streaming through a canyon of glimmering skyscrapers in what one activist described as the largest civil rights march in the city’s history.

The massive protest, one of more than a dozen occurring nationwide, was a prelude to at least 70 demonstrations expected to take place today in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and other cities.

The protesters are urging federal lawmakers to reform the nation’s immigration laws and allow an estimated 11 million undocumented workers to become legal residents. They began demonstrating in scattered cities in March in protest of a proposal passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would make being in the United States without proper documentation a federal crime.


Thousands Rally For Immigrant Rights
— reported by Click2Houston.com

They gathered on the quiet streets of Garden City, Kan., and in the chaos of downtown Manhattan. They rallied outside congressional offices and against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. They invoked names such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

Hundreds of thousands of people demanding U.S. citizenship for illegal immigrants spilled into the streets Monday in dozens of cities from New York to San Diego in some of the most widespread demonstrations since mass protests began around the country last month.


Tens Of Thousands Turn Out At Dallas Immigration March
People Rallied Against Proposed U.S. Immigration Laws

— reported by Click2Houston.com

Tens of thousands banged drums, waved U.S. flags and marched shouting “Si Se Puede!”, Spanish for “Yes, we can!”, in a protest urging federal lawmakers to pass immigration reform that would legalize an estimated 11 million undocumented workers.

Many of those who crammed into the streets of downtown Dallas wore white clothing to symbolize peace. Marchers included families pushing strollers with their children.

Police estimated the crowd at between 350,000 and 500,000.


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