With chants of "we are here to stay," immigrants and labor leaders are marking International Workers' Day with marches and rallies in the Boston area.
Some 200 people gathered in front of the Statehouse on Monday to call on state lawmakers and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to designate Massachusetts a "sanctuary state." The proposal would restrict state and local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement efforts.
The sponsor of the bill, Democratic state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, said it wasn't enough for individual communities to become sanctuary cities because workers must cross city lines to get to and from jobs.
This is not the first rally of its kind in Boston, but organizers are calling it the largest mobilization of immigrants and supporters since the president's election.
Activists also planned a march from Everett to Chelsea.
May Day rallies are being held nationwide to oppose President Donald Trump's immigration policies.