A rally to push immigration reform shut down traffic in Manhattan Tuesday and ended in the arrest of 10 protesters for disorderly conduct.
The New York Immigration Coalition organized the event as a way to draw attention to legislation currently stalled in the House of Representatives.
Several of the protesters demanded a reform that includes a "path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants and blamed the Republican leadership for the lack of progress.
"It's necessary for people on the hill to hear the voice of the people, and if we have to come out and show our force in this way, then that's what we have to do," said Angelica Clarke of New York Students Rising.
"We're going to keep marching, we're going to keep agitating until the House of Representatives pass immigration reform and the president sign it into law," said Bishop Orlando Findlayter of Churches United to Save and Heal.
Meanwhile, conservative business owners, faith leaders and policymakers from across the country are in Washington this week asking Congress to act on the bill before the 2014 primaries get in the way.