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4:05 PM: A tipster sent us these pictures from this afternoon’s “March and Rally for Immigration Reform.”

According to the event’s organizers, the protesters will begin at Justin Herman Plaza, then will march up Market Street to Senator Feinstein’s office at One Post Street, Near Montgomery BART, where they plan on rallying at 5.

For now, however, our tipster says that no traffic is impacted by the protesters, of which he estimates there are about 100. “The cop-to-demonstrator ratio is like 1-1,” he notes.

6 PM (BCN): Hundreds of people have gathered in downtown San Francisco this afternoon for a rally in front of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office,
calling on the senator and other legislators to pass national immigration reform.

Speakers at the rally are calling on legislators to create pathways to citizenship and end raids that they said are breaking apart families.

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos was among the speakers.

“The point of America is that throughout its history, it has gotten the best from throughout the world,” the supervisor said. “Why turn your back on that talent?”

The rally comes after a march and rally in Washington, D.C., over the weekend that drew thousands of people in support of immigration reform.

As of 5:45 p.m., Post Street was closed at Market Street due to the demonstrators.

7:38 PM (BCN):Several hundred people gathered in downtown San Francisco today to call on U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other politicians to pass legislation reforming the country’s immigration system.

Speakers at the rally, held outside Feinstein’s office on Post Street this evening, urged legislators to expand protections for immigrant workers, enforce labor laws, and end racial profiling and raids by law enforcement agencies.

Ali Noorani, the campaign chair for the group Reform Immigration for America, said, “No longer will we be silent while our families are ripped apart. No longer will we look on when workers are being exploited, and when thousands are dying on our borders.”

Politicians such as San Francisco Supervisor David Campos and state Sen. Leland Yee spoke at the rally.

Campos related his life story, which included being born in Guatemala and moving to America with his family as a boy.

He said despite being an undocumented youth, he managed to graduate from high school in Los Angeles, as well as from Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

“The point of America is that throughout its history, it has gotten the best from throughout the world,” Campos said. “Why turn your back on that talent?”

Yee said today’s rally was a start in the right direction because “whether you are documented or undocumented, we are family, we are all a community.”

Joshua Romero, a 17-year-old boy from San Francisco, was one of the people in attendance at the rally.

Romero said his father was deported back to Nicaragua 10 years ago, causing not just emotional but financial hardship to the rest of his family.

“He was the one making the money in the house, so we were left with no income for several years,” he said.

Romero said he came to the rally “to make it so that something like this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I know I can’t get my dad back, but if I can help be a part of a solution so no more dads can be taken away, I’ll be happy.”

Today’s rally comes after a march and rally in Washington, D.C., over the weekend that drew thousands of people in support of immigration reform.

Noorani said organizers would be pushing for bipartisan legislation to be introduced in Congress by the end of April and that protesters are going to “take to the streets again” in April and May to continue to pressure legislators to pass an immigration reform bill.

There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country. In California, immigrants make up about a quarter of the population, according to event organizers.

Post Street was closed between Kearny and Montgomery streets for the duration of today’s event.

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Note birthday boy Frank Chu, front and center. I’ve never managed to get a productive day of work in on my birthday, so I’m feeling a bit guilty right now.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Brittanicus

    Illegal Immigration population Armageddon

    They keep repeating the–SAME TIRED NUMBER–10 MILLION–but the US border Patrol in just the Tuscon sector, expressed, “Only one out of ten is caught.” The Tucson sector Border Patrol union local 2544 on the number of illegal aliens in our nation: “There are currently 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country by many estimates, but the real numbers could be much higher and the numbers increase every day because our borders are not secure (NO MATTER WHAT THE POLITICIANS TELL YOU-DON ‘ T BELIEVE THEM FOR ONE SECOND) Said a Spokesman for the Border Patrol. “Our illegal immigration numbers are based on an estimated twenty million illegal aliens having been present in our nation as of -JANUARY 1, 2004.”almost four million people crossed our borders illegally 2002” end of quote.

    This is a cruel trick on every honest taxpayer is this first generation of newly legalized immigrants, could escalate with thousands bring in brothers, sisters, Mothers and Fathers. By the year 2040 the population of America could be unsustainable with limited resources, water shortages, highways crammed to capacity and a infrastructure that is falling apart. THOSE INTERESTED-THE HISTORY CHANNEL IS ONCE AGAIN TELEVISING “The Crumbling of America.” This Friday observe the depreciating bridges, dams, levees and 50 year old underground system of sewage in some areas. Our Survival is in peril, but they do not enforce immigration laws. Well-documented, the 100.000 pro-amnesty protest on Sunday and the last two months of PR build-up across the country was backed by tens of millions of dollars from George Soros (Socialist-Marxist Billionaire), Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation and the giant SEIU unions. American voters must start throwing out of office Politicians, Governors, Mayors, Judges (liberal oriented who administers laws from the bench) , city councils or any elected official that caters too the illegal alien invasion.

  • Brittanicus

    Illegal Immigration population Armageddon

    They keep repeating the–SAME TIRED NUMBER–10 MILLION–but the US border Patrol in just the Tuscon sector, expressed, “Only one out of ten is caught.” The Tucson sector Border Patrol union local 2544 on the number of illegal aliens in our nation: “There are currently 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country by many estimates, but the real numbers could be much higher and the numbers increase every day because our borders are not secure (NO MATTER WHAT THE POLITICIANS TELL YOU-DON ‘ T BELIEVE THEM FOR ONE SECOND) Said a Spokesman for the Border Patrol. “Our illegal immigration numbers are based on an estimated twenty million illegal aliens having been present in our nation as of -JANUARY 1, 2004.”almost four million people crossed our borders illegally 2002” end of quote.

    This is a cruel trick on every honest taxpayer is this first generation of newly legalized immigrants, could escalate with thousands bring in brothers, sisters, Mothers and Fathers. By the year 2040 the population of America could be unsustainable with limited resources, water shortages, highways crammed to capacity and a infrastructure that is falling apart. THOSE INTERESTED-THE HISTORY CHANNEL IS ONCE AGAIN TELEVISING “The Crumbling of America.” This Friday observe the depreciating bridges, dams, levees and 50 year old underground system of sewage in some areas. Our Survival is in peril, but they do not enforce immigration laws. Well-documented, the 100.000 pro-amnesty protest on Sunday and the last two months of PR build-up across the country was backed by tens of millions of dollars from George Soros (Socialist-Marxist Billionaire), Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation and the giant SEIU unions. American voters must start throwing out of office Politicians, Governors, Mayors, Judges (liberal oriented who administers laws from the bench) , city councils or any elected official that caters too the illegal alien invasion.

  • Brittanicus

    Vote any illegal immigrant proponents out of office who are catering to the intolerable population of illegal aliens. That covers Governors, Mayors, Judges, Police Chiefs, City councilors, managers and any elected official who condones the illegal alien invasion. Make a point of trying to beat illegal aliens to the voting booth in November. We must be on our guard in the midterm elections, because illegal aliens will vote in states that do not use picture ID Even this is not fool proof, specially in California where you can buy fraudulent ID in Los Angeles for $50.00. This will specifically happen in the SANCTUARY STATE of California and Nevada. We must make examples of politicians who support illegal aliens with government entitlements. As an example Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) must be kicked out first, followed closely with the boot, Nancy Pelosi D-CA) and Sen.John McCAIN (R-AZ). Learn their outrageous immigration records at NUMBERSUSA.Learn about Washington corruption that effects your paycheck at JUDICIALWATCH.

  • Brittanicus

    Vote any illegal immigrant proponents out of office who are catering to the intolerable population of illegal aliens. That covers Governors, Mayors, Judges, Police Chiefs, City councilors, managers and any elected official who condones the illegal alien invasion. Make a point of trying to beat illegal aliens to the voting booth in November. We must be on our guard in the midterm elections, because illegal aliens will vote in states that do not use picture ID Even this is not fool proof, specially in California where you can buy fraudulent ID in Los Angeles for $50.00. This will specifically happen in the SANCTUARY STATE of California and Nevada. We must make examples of politicians who support illegal aliens with government entitlements. As an example Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) must be kicked out first, followed closely with the boot, Nancy Pelosi D-CA) and Sen.John McCAIN (R-AZ). Learn their outrageous immigration records at NUMBERSUSA.Learn about Washington corruption that effects your paycheck at JUDICIALWATCH.