CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of marchers have made their way through downtown Chicago to a rally in support of easing the nation's immigration laws.
Among those gathered Wednesday in Federal Plaza is Aracly Rafael, who came to Chicago illegally 15 years ago. She says she's marching in the annual May Day event because she wants to be a citizen. The 35-year-old restaurant worker teared up as she talked about being able to travel to Mexico to see her parents. She hasn't seen them since she left home for the U.S.
Wednesday's rally is expected to include comments from US Sen. Dick Durbin, who helped draft an immigration package being considered in Washington.
Marchers also are advocating worker rights and to end deportations.
Activists also plan rallies in Bloomington and Peoria.