May Day marchers highlight rights of both workers, immigrants

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Groups sought to highlight both immigration and workers rights during a May Day march on Sunday in Chicago. (WLS)

Hundreds of activists celebrating the rights of workers and immigrants, as well as protesting against Donald Trump, organized a May Day march on Sunday through Chicago's downtown.

Marchers chanting about justice and holding signs started in Union Park and planned to end at Trump Tower. However, police did not allow them to cross the Chicago River, stopping them to protest at Wacker and Dearborn.

"Nobody who seeks to be president should be scapegoating any immigrant groups, any religious groups. Chicago has been bigger than that," said Chuy Garcia, a Cook County commissioner.

The group, which consisted of both pro-immigration and labor rights activists, commemorated the 10th year of the May Day march in Chicago, which comes as the U.S. Supreme Court debates the legality of President Barack Obama's executive actions that would allow undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen children and those brought here as minors to remain. The actions are called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

"We're out here asking that DAPA and DACA be passed by the Supreme Court. That the decision be in our favor so that 9 million can come out of the shadows," said Emma Lozano, of Pueblo Sin Fronteras.

Labor union workers sought to highlight Sunday the income disparity between rich and poor.

"There is a movement throughout this country to have better wages so people who go to work don't have to live in poverty and they can take care of themselves and their families," Tom Balanoff, of SEIU Local 1, said.
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