Immigrant activists and their allies rallied in cities across the country this weekend, demanding President Obama and Congress move quickly to stop deportations that separate families and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Alice Ollstein covered the march in the nation’s capital and sent this photo essay. Click on any thumbnail to launch the slideshow.
The monarch butterfly, whose migration is celebrated as beautiful and natural, has become a symbol for immigration reform activists.
Activist and musician Zenén Jaimes says he’s marching for the “undocu-queers” abused in immigration detention and deported to countries where they face danger and discrimination.
Activists hold hands a pray for the President to suspend deportations.
Marchers sing, “Justice is what we want, justice for our families.”
Local immigrant day laborers and their children lead the march.
Local faith leaders join with immigrant activists at the “2 Million 2 Many” rally against deportations.
Families hold a sign that reads “Immigration reform now! My daughter is a DREAMer. Keep families united.” April 2014, Washington DC. (Photo credit: Alice Ollstein)