MIAMI (AP) — Immigrants and their allies will hold vigils and march in more than 150 cities nationwide Saturday to remind the country that they want the nation's immigration system overhauled.
Organizers are pitching the mobilization as an effort to bring immigration reform across the finish line this year. A rally and free concert Tuesday in Washington are expected to draw thousands.
The rallies come amid a congressional fight over the budget and public debate over the health care law that recently took effect.
The chances activists get anything through Congress before the year's end are slim. If House Republicans make a deal on anything with Democrats, it's likely to be about the budget, not immigration. But organizers say Saturday's events are as much about sending a message to average Americans and empowering immigrants themselves as they are about bending politicians' ears.