Immigration Advocates Rally for Change Across U.S.

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Protesters gathered around the country on Saturday, including in Washington, criticizing an Arizona immigration law and calling for a federal overhaul.

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators gathered on Saturday for dozens of protests across the country, hoping anger over a tough anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona would add momentum to their call for Congress to act on an immigration overhaul.

Large May Day rallies were called in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Milwaukee, Chicago and here in Washington, D.C., with smaller events planned in about 70 places around the country. Organizers predicted the reaction to the Arizona law would increase the numbers of protesters turning out to vent frustration with Washington for the lack of progress on immigration legislation.

The protests added to a widening wave of response to the Arizona law, with government agencies and organizations in other states canceling business in Arizona, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, a large African-American organization, canceling plans to hold its annual convention in Phoenix in July.

Luke Sharrett/The New York Times

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