LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Annual May Day marches were taking place throughout the day Thursday in a very warm downtown Los Angeles.

The demonstrations were a show of support for immigrants who aren’t in the United States legally.

Marchers were urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the immigration system by putting an end to deportations that divide families.

“We’re raising our voices on behalf of immigrant workers and their families, but we’re also joining our fight this year with all the workers who work in Los Angeles for poverty wages,” Chirla Executive Director Angelica Salas said.

The main march began at 10 a.m. starting at the Chinatown Gateway, winding through the downtown area and ending at the Metropolitan Detention Center at 535 N. Alameda St., where a rally will be held.


Multiple streets were closed in the area — including Broadway between roughly 11th and Temple streets and Hill and Spring streets between Olympic and First Street, according to the LAPD.

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