NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Demonstrators were marching through the streets of New York City to protest Donald Trump’s views on immigration hours before he hosts “Saturday Night Live.”

Dozens of protesters held signs and chanted Saturday evening as they marched from Trump Tower to Rockefeller Plaza.

Outside Rockefeller Plaza, they chanted: “Donald Trump has got to go.”

(KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

(KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

A supporter of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump stands across the street from a protest held by a number of Latino organizations outside of NBC Studios. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

A supporter of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump stands across the street from a protest held by a number of Latino organizations outside of NBC Studios. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)


Some of the protesters say Trump’s statements about immigration are racist and offensive.

NBC has faced pressure from a coalition of advocacy groups calling for Trump to be dropped from SNL over his comments that cost him his role hosting “The Apprentice.”

The network has not responded, and Trump says he believes the controversy will boost the audience for the episode.

Last July, Trump used the case of an undocumented immigrant suspected in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman on Pier 14 to bolster his call for stricter U.S. border controls.

In a statement he told KPIX 5 , “The American people deserve a wall to protect our jobs, our economy and our safety.”

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