Ten people were arrested and charged with civil disobedience during an immigration protest Thursday in Lower Manhattan.
The New York Immigration Coalition staged a small rally near the immigration detention center on Varick Street.
They said that deportations are breaking up families.
The group wants Congress to unite on reform and a path to citizenship for millions without proper documents.
"Friends, co-workers, we all know someone who is caught up in this broken system, so we're here today to demand a sensible solution, and we're confident that come the fall, we're going to see some movement on the issue," said Jackie Esposito of the New York Immigration Coalition.
"This is not just about papers," said one person at the protest. "This is about liberty. This is about freedom. And if we all don't have freedom, none of us have freedom."
Activists said the civil disobedience action is a part of a nationwide effort to send a message to Congress.