CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nearly 250 people marched almost three miles from east to Uptown Charlotte Thursday to support immigration reform.
The march, sponsored by La Coalicion, began in Veterans Park. Demonstrators carried signs with the faces and phone numbers of North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democrat Senator Kay Hagan.
The participants shared personal stories once they reached Marshall Park. Luis Zarco, an undocumented construction worker who came to Charlotte 15 years ago, talked about his impending deportation. Zarco was arrested for running a red light several months ago. His wife and three children are all U.S. citizens.
"I came only to get a better life," said Zarco, "I think this is the best country in the world. Now I have a beautiful family that God gave to me. It's very hard to think we are going to be separated because of a red light. I came here to get better opportunities. I'm not going to take those opportunities away from my family. They are going to stay here, if I have to be deported back to Mexico."
The people attending the demonstration want senators to vote for an immigration bill that provides a clear path to citizenship.