DALLAS — Hundreds of people marched in Dallas Saturday afternoon demanding immigration reform.
It was part of the National Day of Dignity and Respect, with similar events taking place across the country.
As many as 400 people gathered at Reverchon Park to raise awareness of an issue that many marchers said has been forgotten.
“We have people who are unfortunately waiting years to get any documentation and unfortunately working in the shadows,” said organizer Luis Veloz. "I don't think that's the correct way for the U.S."
Claudia Martinez was rallying for her four children and her husband, who are in El Salvador. The couple's other three children live with her in Texas.
She told her husband she doesn’t want him to come to America illegally because the risk is too great.
“It's been eight years since they deported him, but it feels like it was just yesterday... that’s hard,” Martinez said.
She said the earliest she can petition for a green card for her husband would be in 2015.
There are an estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S. Organizers are pushing for a fix to what they call a "broken system."
They’re appealing to lawmakers to create an easier way for undocumented, law-abiding people to become citizens of the United States.
“We're not trying to tear down the fabric of this country... we're trying to help this country and help our families,” Veloz said.
The Dallas rally ended with a mass at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe downtown. Similar events took place in more than 150 other cities across the U.S.