Immigration Rally In Tyler

Millions of people across the country have taken to the streets to support immigrant workers. This is the day advocates for illegal immigrants have set aside for nationwide protests.

They oppose measures to crack down on illegals, and want the Congress to pass a bill allowing them to stay in the U.S.

In Tyler this morning, more than a thousand people attended a rally in downtown to show they are united and a vital part of East Texas. Many of those people were wearing white, which stands for peace. Many of the demonstrators also waved American and Mexican flags.

The organizer of the event, Longview Attorney Jose Sanchez, has been speaking for most of the demonstration. Sanchez talked about the importance of banding together and standing up for the rights of illegal immigrants.

He also spoke to the crowd about the responsibility immigrants have once they get to this country, such as learning the language, making sure that children get an education and to volunteer in the community.

He says that will send a message to America that immigrants are here to stay. The rally included music, chanting, poems and guests speakers. State representative Roberto Alonzo from Dallas.

The majority of the people in the crowd missed work or school to take part in the event.