Police in Los Angeles have used rubber bullets to break up a May Day demonstration they say got out of hand. Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the US, urging authorities to carry out immigration reform.
Lawmakers are said to be struggling to devise a workable compromise on immigration.
Some are calling for tougher border controls, while others want more rights for immigrants.
One of the protest organisers says the issue is not going to go away:
“We do need a solution, something that will give us permanent residency. If it doesn’t happen with the Bush administration now it has to happen in the next adminstration.”
“I’m here fighting for my children,” said one woman. “We are just country workers in Guatemala and I can’t raise my children there.”
Protest organisers say turnout was lower than at last year’s May Day rallies. They blame waning coverage in the media and increased immigration raids, which they say have intimidated many immigrants.