At least "1,000 immigrant NYers just shut down the Manhattan Bridge" as they demand "citizenship for essential workers," tweeted Make the Road New York, a progressive grassroots immigrant-led organization.
#BREAKING: 1,000 immigrant NYers just shut down the Manhattan Bridge to send a strong message to Washington D.C.— Make the Road NY 🦋 (@MaketheRoadNY) July 23, 2021
Citizenship for essential workers now!#WeAreHome #FreedomTogether pic.twitter.com/p3sEk7IPgn
"Immigrants are here to stay and we're marching across the Manhattan Bridge to demand inclusion in the federal budget reconciliation process," the progressive organization said.
Good Afternoon NYC! Immigrants are here to stay and we’re marching across the Manhattan Bridge to demand inclusion in the federal budget reconciliation process.— Make the Road Action 🦋 (@MaketheRoadAct) July 23, 2021
Path to citizenship NOW! #FreedomTogether #WeAreHome pic.twitter.com/EILjW7gYzy
Social media was full of videos from community organizing groups and people participating in what appears to be a planned and highly organized march across the Manhattan Bridge.
Drone footage shows hundreds, if not at least a thousand protesters shutting down traffic on the bridge
POWERFUL! Today, w/ @popdemoc, @FIRM_Action, @thenyic, #WeAreHome coalition & allies, we shut down the Manhattan Bridge to demand a humane immigration system that protects the 11 MILLION undocumented immigrants in this country.— Make the Road NY 🦋 (@MaketheRoadNY) July 23, 2021
We can't wait any longer! #FreedomTogether pic.twitter.com/qeMg1XDHkD
Taxicab drivers also joined the march.
Utterly gorgeous immigrant-led march descend the Manhattan Bridge, demanding that @POTUS and Congressional Democrats lean in and deliver a path to citizenship for millions. #WeAreHome #FreedomTogether pic.twitter.com/QzcXR3y0yR— Daniel Altschuler 🦋 (@altochulo) July 23, 2021
Earlier this month, President Biden called for bipartisan action on a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.
"We need an immigration system that both reflects our values and upholds our laws. We can do both," Biden said.
"The president said there should be a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, for foreign-born people who have temporary protected status due to strife in their birth countries and for farm workers. Biden's comments, however, stopped short of the legislative proposal he's endorsed, which includes a much broader option for most immigrants to apply for legal status and then seek citizenship," AP said at the time.