SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Demonstrators were marching in the Bay Area as several rallies across California pushed for a change in the nation’s immigration policy.
In San Francisco, a crowd estimated to be about 100 people started walking down the city’s Market Street around 3 p.m. chanting in English and Spanish and holding signs and banners reading “Reunite Families Now” and “The IRS Agrees My Taxes Are Not Illegal.”
About two dozen police officer officers were monitoring the crowd.
The demonstrators were heading to the Federal Building where they planned on building an altar with 1,000 paper flowers symbolizing the people deported daily for immigration violations
In Oakland, more than 100 people rallied and marched through downtown as in other events throughout the country as part of a National Day of Action. The rallies come as Congress closes in on an immigration reform deal.
Denise Solis, vice president of SEIU United Service Workers West, told the crowd gathered in front of Oakland City Hall that they were there to send a message to Congress members.
“They need to step up. The time is now for true immigration reform,” said Solis.
Before a march to the nearby Federal Building organizer Mary Lim Lampe said they want reform that keeps families together, protects workers’ rights and has a pathway to citizenship in the range of six to eight years.