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Immigrant Advocates March In Charlotte

About 250 immigrant advocates were marching through uptown Charlotte Monday afternoon, along with other marches taking place around the country.  The rally supporting unauthorized immigrants kicked off around noon in Marshall Park . WFAE's David Boraks reports from the scene for our 2:00 p.m. newscast. 

Protesters gathered at Marshall Park, near the government center, with a very brief speech by organizers. Then marchers headed out onto the streets, with chants including "USA … USA ... Yes, We Can" and "No More ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement)."  

It was part of what organizers called A Day of Resistance against HATE, in response to federal and state policies and proposed legislation targeting undocumented residents.

The march passed the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and jail complex, the police Department and other government buildings. Other chants included "immigrants are welcome here" and "this is what democracy looks like.

Some protesters also had a message for City Hall, saying they want local officials to do more to support local immigrants.

Organizers of the event included Comunidad Colectiva, the Southeast Asian Coalition, Alerta Migratoria and Action NC. 

Sarah Delia covers criminal justice and the arts for WFAE. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.
David Boraks is a veteran journalist who covers climate change for WFAE. See more at www.wfae.org/climate-news. He also has covered housing and homelessness, energy and the environment, transportation and business.