AP PHOTOS: Portraits of an immigration rally

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 8:18am EDT

Meshelle Fernandez, 7, of Chester, Va., whose parents are from Mexico, braids her hair during a portrait at the end of the "Rally for Citizenship," a rally in support of immigration reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are said to be completing immigration bills that include a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million immigrants with illegal status. Her father, Luis Fernandez, says that it's important to be at the rally and support families. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Associated Press

Edwin Munoz, originally from El Salvador, brought his 5-month-old daughter to Washington to rally for citizenship rights. Mario Ibarra, who moved to Virginia from Mexico, is living in America legally, but "I'm here to support those who haven't been as fortunate as I am to have papers." Among the tens of thousands who gathered around the nation to press Congress to approve immigration reforms, here are some portraits and voices from the shadow of the Capitol:


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