Thousands of activists, politicians and regular New Yorkers gathered at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn on Saturday before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge in a show of support for national immigration reform.
The event was only one of more than 150 rallies in cities across the country on a day of action meant to pressure the U.S. House of Representatives to overhaul immigration policies. The event, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, drew prominent figures like Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio and representatives from dozens of advocacy groups representing as many nationalities.
Other elected officials present at the rally were Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez, Grace Meng, and Yvette Clarke, and Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Hakeen Jeffries, all of whom spoke in Cadman Plaza.
“We are here today to demand the House take action," Steven Choi, the NYIC's executive director, told the crowd. "Leadership, stop delaying immigration reform."