Thousands march in US for immigration reform
NEW YORK (AFP) - Thousands of people poured into streets across the United States on Saturday in a push to overhaul immigration and end the legal limbo of more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The coast-to-coast activities saw about 3,000 demonstrators - mostly Asian, Hispanic and Arab - demonstrate in New York before marching over the landmark Brooklyn Bridge, as counterparts in California marched in Hollywood.
In all, protesters marched in 160 US cities. "What we need is to win over peacefully those who are opposed. We have got to get a deal struck," said Danick Martinez, 30, a Honduran who has been living and working illegally in the country for almost a decade.
The March for Dignity and Respect was organised by the New York Immigration Coalition and other groups supporting legalisation of undocumented workers.