Tyler Immigration Rally

Protesters are on the downtown square in Tyler, right now. Organizers say they want to send a message that the Latino community opposes any bill that makes illegal immigration a felony. They want to show their support for a guest worker program, and they want the community to know they are a united, and vital part of East Texas.

"Employers have been calling me saying, 'What are we going to do? These employees are not going to be here. How is that going to affect my business?' Well, to me, that's the point of this whole protest. This rally is to show the importance of the immigrant community, the importance of the immigrant worker, and the impact it has on the community," said rally organizer Jose Sanchez.

The city has closed parts of Ferguson, Erwin and College Streets this morning. When the demonstration is over, Ferguson Street will be closed from Broadway to Bonner for a march.

Lindsay Wilcox reporting, lwilcox@kltv.com