WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of immigrants and activists rallied Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and the nation, urging Congress to approve immigration reforms to grant 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. a pathway toward citizenship.
Organizers said rallies were organized in at least 18 states, as well as the capital city, as part of a nationwide week of action.
Gustavo Torres, who leads one of Maryland's largest immigrant advocacy groups, was with thousands of demonstrators who gathered on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in a festive mood.
In Atlanta, more than 1,000 people gathered at the Georgia Capitol, calling for comprehensive immigration reform and an end to deportation.
In San Francisco, demonstrators built an altar with 1,000 paper flowers, symbolizing the number of people deported daily for immigration violations.