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Thousands of activists marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to oppose immigration enforcement raids and demand that local officials take concrete steps to thwart the “deportation machine” under President Trump.

David Abud, one of the organizers of the march, said the coalition of activists is demanding that city and county officials refuse to invest any resources in immigration enforcement.

Activists also want to ensure that a new fund to provide legal assistance to immigrants won’t exclude those with criminal convictions. They are also asking the city and the county to invest in programs that help immigrants, including day labor centers.

“We want the city and the county to not just declare Los Angeles a ‘sanctuary city’ — which they have not — but to take these strong, concrete policies,” said Abud, who works with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

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Hundreds of people gather in downtown Los Angeles for an immigration rally on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Hundreds of people gather in downtown Los Angeles for an immigration rally on Feb. 18, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)