Immigrant Day

Hundreds of immigrants from throughout California met on May 17 outside the Capitol to celebrate the 2010 Immigrant Day where demanded respect and support of state lawmakers.

The participants -- including immigrants from Latin América, Asia and Africa -- enjoyed cultural events, and participated in talks about the importance of the contributions that immigrants make.

The celebration became the 14th edition of the California Immigrant Day.

But the main activity was to go in groups to apply personally at the offices of legislators to ask support to the immigrants causes in the state. This year's demands focused on budget cuts to programs to help immigrants.

"Our main demand this year is to ask the legislators to not support measures which are detrimental to our immigrant families," said Isabel Alegría, director CHIRLA.