Thousands of immigration activists rallied in 62 cities across the United States on Saturday to pressure President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants. Some deportation monitors and activists have marked April 5th as the day that the Obama administration likely reached its two millionth deportation.
In the nation’s capitol, hundreds of activists gathered in a park in the predominantly immigrant neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant before marching two miles south to the White House. As they marched, advocates shouted “two million, too many,” “up up with education, down, down with deportation,” “not one more,” and carried pictures of immigrants who have been deported. Several also carried signs with Obama’s face on them that read, “Deporter In Chief.”
Cesar Magallon, a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant, told ThinkProgress that he had attended the rally because, “deportation is always in the back of my mind … As a queer man, I’m afraid that if I go back to [Mexico], I will be murdered. That has happened in the past [to others]. This administration has supposedly stopped deporting ‘low-priority’ people, but we know that we see in our community every day, trans and queer men and women are still being deported.”
Frederico F. told ThinkProgress that he brought his young son to the rally because they wanted to “tell President Obama to stop deportations that tear families apart. It’s really important for my family to be together.”
Here are 15 of the best pictures from Saturday’s rally in Washington, D.C.:
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