NEW YORK CITY -- Throngs of people supporting immigrant rights took to the streets in protest Sunday, just as mass deportation plans from President-elect Donald Trump were revealed during his “60 Minutes” interview.
The marches began in Manhattan on Sunday largely to protest against Donald Trump’s presidential win, but the focus was on his immigration plans.
More than 1,000 people joined the march that started mid-afternoon and extended into the evening.
Demonstrators were holding signs in English and Spanish, saying things like “Hate won’t make us great.” They’re chanting, “We are here to stay.”
Organizers have said they’re speaking out against Trump’s support of deportation and other measures.
The areas surrounding the president-elect’s Midtown home has become like a fortress, with the Secret Service and NYPD going to extremes to protect the future president, CBS New York reported.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s most reliable surrogates, said protesters around the nation are exaggerating the fear of a Trump presidency.
The former New York City mayor said he wishes that Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, and President Barack Obama would say something to the protesters.
“I just hope it calms down,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Giuliani said the protesters should respect the democratic process and calls them “kind of like professional protesters.”
Mostly, the demonstrations were peaceful. However, in Portland, Oregon, a man was shot and wounded Saturday morning during a confrontation. Police arrested two teenagers.
Police in Portland say they arrested a total of 71 people late Saturday and early Sunday during the anti-Donald Trump protests downtown.
In a news release Sunday, the Portland Police Bureau said the protesters failed to obey numerous lawful orders to vacate city streets. Most were cited for disorderly conduct and failing to obey an officer.
The bureau called in a public transit bus to transport the arrested to the central police precinct for processing.
Police said protesters repeatedly threw road flares and bottles at officers and that a police sport-utility vehicle was tagged with graffiti.
Several hundred protesters Sunday marched around Philadelphia’s City Hall and then down Market Street to Independence Mall, carrying signs and chanting “Donald Trump has got to go!” and “This is what democracy looks like.”
In Los Angeles, a few hundred people gathered outside CNN’s Los Angeles headquarters, and in San Francisco, hundreds of people, including many families with children, marched from Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach chanting “Love trumps hate!” On Saturday, an estimated 8,000 marched through downtown.
On Sunday, about 800 people marched through the state capital of Sacramento and hundreds others formed a human chain around the nearly 3.5-mile perimeter of Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Rallies in Oakland have at times become unruly, but those who came to the lake held hands and chanted, “We reject the president-elect.”
Demonstrations also took place internationally. On Saturday, a group of Mexicans at statue representing independence in Mexico City expressed their concerns about a possible wave of deportations. One school teacher said it would add to the “unrest” that’s already in Mexico. About 300 people protested Trump’s election as the next American president outside the U.S. Embassy near the landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
On Saturday, demonstrators gathered in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as in smaller places like Worcester, Massachusetts, and Iowa City, Iowa.