Thousands of immigration rights supporters from across the U.S. rallied for reform on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall on Sunday.
Activists say they're tired of waiting for President Barack Obama to keep his pledge to change immigration laws and hope to jump start a new legislative effort.
"He (Barack Obama) actually said that he was going to give papers to all the immigrants so everybody could be equal and we actually need to see that," said Sandra Galdamez, a protestor from New York City.
The mall was crowded with people for three blocks holding signs with slogans like "You need us as much as we need you," and "No Human Being is Illegal."
The president responded with a video message reassuring protestors that he was committed to working this Congress this year on legislation to fix "broken immigration system."
"I understand it may not all be his (Obama's) fault," said Manuel Bettran, a 21-year-old college student from Chicago. "I am frustrated. I really wish not just him, but everybody, would take it more seriously. "
Protestors began the rally with an interfaith service. One minister said that the New Testament teaches followers of Christ to show hospitality to strangers.