SAN FRANCISCO — Demonstrators marched through San Francisco Wednesday in one of several rallies across California trying to shape the national immigration debate and press Congress to grant a path toward citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
The crowd estimated to be about 100 people at the start of the march quickly grew to an estimated several hundred people as additional demonstrators joined those walking down the city's Market Street on the way to the Federal Building.
Members of the expanding crowd chanted in English and Spanish and held signs and banners reading "Reunite Families Now," ''Undocumented...Unafraid," ''We Will No Longer Remain in the Shadows" and "Don't Deport Another Dream."
"We are here because of our ancestors, our future generations and those who are detained," said the Rev. Deborah Lee of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights in Northern California.
Dozens of police officers monitored the crowd, which was peaceful during the march.