Thousands of people were in the Texas Capitol today protesting controversial immigration bills being considered by state lawmakers.
The crowd marched from Austin's Waterloo Park to the Capitol, chanting "Si se puede!" ("Yes we can!"), according to several news reports.
Protesters were especially concerned about bills similar to one recently passed in Arizona becoming law in Texas. Lawmakers in support of such measures say they are needed to curb illegal immigration.
Zahira Torres, an Austin-based reporter for the El Paso Times covering the event, tweeted this quote from state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, who addressed the crowd: "You are here to say no to the most racist session of the Texas legislature in a quarter of a century."