Sunday, April 9


A "good day for the city." No arrests and no "noteworthy offenses."

“This is a family-oriented group that’s come here to demonstrate. No one we saw looked like they were planning to cause any problems.”

Chief Kunkle attributed the peaceful nature of the protest to the work of the volunteers and organizers, as well as police efforts to marginalize the small groups of counterprotesters.

“Even I’m surprised about the nature of the crowd. I think the people have been educated to ignore the other protesters,” he said.
The first members of the procession reached City Hall about 1:40 p.m. to the sounds of “They’re Coming to America” and “God bless America.” Kids at the front of the line were carrying a banner that read: “Today we march. Tomorrow we vote.”
Marchers made their way along the route accompanied by chants of “USA! USA!” and then later “¡Sí, Se Puede!” (Yes, we can!” and “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido” (“The people united will never be defeated”).

Some of the banners read: “I pay taxes.” “Justice and dignity for all immigrants.” “Together 4 a better America.” “United We Stand. We pray for legal status.” “We are not terrorists.”

Nicholas Vargas, a 41-year-old air conditioner repairman from Garland, and wife Rosa Vargas, 40, came with their two teenage children. Mr. Vargas said the couple came to the United States illegally 17 years ago and both are seeking citizenship.

“I come here to support my family. We come to tell the senators to help the people. We are here to work and not to cause problems,” he said.

Top photo by Rick Gershon, DMN.

UPDATE: Police Chief David Kunkle this morning (4/10) estimated the crowd at between 350,000 and 500,000.

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