More than a million immigrants in the United States took part in a day of nationwide action to protest against proposed immigration reform. The protests are aimed at persuading Congress to abandon the tough measures in a bill passed last year by the US House of Representatives that includes provisions to criminalize illegal immigrants and bolster border security.
Mass rallies were staged across the US as immigrants boycotted work or school and avoided spending money as a way of showing their worth to the economy. Called a Day without Immigrants, the protest took place as Congress wrestles with reforming immigration laws. About 11.5m illegal immigrants live in the US.
Demonstrations were held in up to 100 cities and towns – including Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York.