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Thousands rally for immigration reform in nation’s capital, legislators arrested

Thousands of immigration reform proponents, including children of immigrants, civic, labor and religious leaders, entertainers and members of Congress took part in almost 6-hour rally and march. The event, called Camino Americano, started with radio DJs reading the names of people who had died crossing the border.  Some were named, some were remembered as unidentified.  Children of parents who had been deported spoke to the crowd, and Los Tigres del Norte and Lila Downs entertained the crowd while singing of the immigrant experience.

After members of Congress from both parties spoke of the need to pass immigration reform, about 200 political and religious leaders led the crowd to the nation’s Capitol and blocked traffic in an act of civil disobedience.  About 8 members of Congress including Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, Illinois Democratic Rep Luis Gutierrez and civil rights giants like Georgia Democratic congressman John Lewis were arrested.

“Our communities and our families do not have the luxury to rest or relax.  1,100 people will be deported today, 1,100 people will be deported tomorrow, and the next day,” said Rep. Gutierrez.  “Now there are 30 or 40 Republicans — some estimate as many as 85 Republicans in Congress — who support legalization and immigration reform in some form. They know the power of our vote, they know the popularity of immigration reform, they know the hunger and passion in our community, and yet we still have not seen immigration reform signed into law by the President because other Republicans are holding it up. That is why you and I must turn up the volume even more.”

Florida Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart said “Our immigration system is broken from top to bottom.”

Courtesy:Robb Friedlander, Fair Immigration Reform Movement

Courtesy:Robb Friedlander, Fair Immigration Reform Movement

Rep. John Lewis shares photo of his arrest

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More arrests

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Police start making arrests — Gutierrez, Grijalva, Lewis among the first led away

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Rep. Grijalva and Rep. John Lewis are among the first to be arrested. Shortly after, Rep. Luis Gutierrez is arrested. Several accounts say the crowd began chanting his name.

Civil rights leaders join Rep. Grijalva, Rep. Gutierrez marching for immigration

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Massive crowds on their way to the Capitol

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Crowds are heading to the Capitol, carrying signs and chanting, “Congress, remember, we voted in November,” as well as “Si Se Puede!” (Video courtesy: Vine/America’s Voice)

Marching to the Capitol

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PHOTOS: Scenes from the #CaminoAmericano rally

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Demonstrators participate in an immigration a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, calling on the House Republican leadership to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (Demonstrators participate in an immigration a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, calling on the House Republican leadership to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))

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Demonstrators hold up banners during a immigration a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, calling on the House Republican leadership to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ( )

PHOTO: NILC shares panoramic view of rally

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Children of deported immigrants speak out

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Several children, whose parents have been deported, took the stage and pleaded — in both English and Spanish — with President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform now.  One girl even became teary-eyed while making her plea. When she finished, the crowd cheered, “Excelente!”

Los Tigres Del Norte perform

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(Video courtesy: Vine/La Bloguera)

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi takes the stage, shares photo on Twitter

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After speaking with reform leaders on stage, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter to share a photo of this morning’s discussion with faith leaders about the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart say #TimeIsNow for immigration reform

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Senator Bob Menendez and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart took to the stage with passionate pleas for comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Diaz-Balart said, “Our immigration system is broken from top to bottom.” Sen. Menendez shouted, “We want comprehensive immigration reform, and we want it now.”

Opening remarks from CASA in Action and SEIU

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Gustavo Torres, President of CASA in Action, and Jaime Contreras, Vice-President of SEIU 32BJ, stepped to the podium to describe the political moment that inspired today’s rally.

#CaminoAmericano schedule of events

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Just in case you’re wondering what the order of today’s events on the National Mall will be, here’s a link to the full agenda: http://octoberimmigration.org/october-8-agenda/

And here you can find Managing Editor Sandra Lilley’s outlook on today’s rally and voice weighing in on its impact.

PHOTO: “Last I was in my country was 1989 — This is MY home!”

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“Last I was in my country was 1989 — This is MY home!” #TimeIsNow #CaminoAmericano (Courtesy: Instagram/Gabe Ortíz)

Names of those we’ve lost crossing the border

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Radio DJs step to the podium to read the names of immigrants who died crossing the border. “Unidentified man” is repeated again and again.

PHOTOS: Religious leaders gather at the Capitol

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Photos by Yamila Pino – Rev. John L. McCullough CWS President and CEO with religious leaders.

Photos by Yamila Pino - Rev. John L. McCullough CWS President and CEO with religious leaders.

Photos by Yamila Pino – Rev. John L. McCullough CWS President and CEO with religious leaders.

Welcome to NBC Latino’s live blog of today’s rally for immigration reform in Washington, D.C.

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Share your photos with us on Twitter by tagging @NBCLatino or using the #CaminoAmericano hashtag and on Instagram with @NBCLatino or #CaminoAmericano as well.

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