Chanting strong pro-illegal immigrant, pro-amnesty, and open border slogans at a so-called “mega march,” protestors marched through downtown Dallas on Sunday. However, the “mega march” failed to attract the expected numbers.
Called an interfaith “family, unity, and empowerment” march, the 2017 Dallas Mega March pushed for “real immigration reform, an end to aggressive deportation efforts that have separated families, targeted DACA students, and left our communities in fear” and “an end to executive orders that discriminated against our Muslim brothers and sisters based on their faith.”
While the organizers had boasted of an expected turnout of 100,000 supporters, after almost half a million had showed up at a similar protest 11 years ago, they trimmed their estimate down to 20,000 participants later. However, after all was said and done, the Dallas Police Department, which had a heavy contingent ready in case of any mishap, accounted for only around 3,200 supporters.
The Dallas Police Department tweeted:
“The #MegaMarch2017 is winding down. The crowd estimate was about 3,200 and there were no reported incidents or arrests.”
11 years ago, in the 2006 Mega March, hundreds of Latino mega marchers carried Mexican and American flags. However, participants were instructed to “wear white, red, and blue” in a show of solidarity and were also told “only USA flags allowed.”
Protestors were however allowed to hold homemade signs. One sign read: “No ban, no wall.” Another said: “Rise Up!” indicating support for the “Unite, Rise up and Defend” campaign launched by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in February. The Hispanic activist group is a staunch critic of Trump’s anti-immigration policies and supports DREAMer and DACA programs.
LULAC’s National President Roger Rocha, Jr. spoke at the Dallas Mega March: “There are times you have to march to get your point across. This is one of those times.” He said the mega march was quite similar to the women’s march held in Washington DC. “Same thing here but for immigration reform and to start getting families together again,” he said.