A rally for immigration reform will be at noon Saturday at Dallas City Hall.

The rally, which will also call for a halt to immigration raids, will kick off a wave of protests in the coming weeks.

Last year, in the biggest protest ever in Dallas, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to protest federal legislation designed to crack down on illegal immigrants. A proposed bill contained language that declared that illegal immigrants would become felons; many immigration offenses are now administrative matters. . .

On Wednesday, a candlelight vigil is planned at 6 p.m. at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. That vigil is meant to draw attention to the detention of families in Texas by federal immigration authorities. Protests over such detentions are growing because of increasing waves of immigration raids across the state and the nation.

On April 1, another rally is planned in front of Dallas City Hall. Among the organizers are the Dallas Peace Center, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union. The rally from 2 to 5 p.m. will feature workshops on immigration rights, U.S. citizenship and voter registration. This year’s rallies will not include street marches.


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