In spite of efforts to play African-Americans and Latino immigrants against each other, support for immigration reform is solid within the African-American community.
Cesar Chavez was the founder and leader of the United Farm Workers union. The UFW achieved the nation's first industry-wide farm labor contracts.
Among the 11 million undocumented immigrants are 1.4 million Koreans who suffer many of the same low paid jobs, fear of deportation, as their Latino counterparts.
"I don't want my parents to be scared of being deported and being separated from me and my brothers. I want them to live in peace."
People at the rally. like most New Yorkers, seemed to agree that good jobs and good quality education for all are necessary steps to ending gun violence on the streets.
"We have to do things that welcome immigrants to our state," Vanessa Crawford, executive director of MIRA, told members and activists from all over Missouri.
Josemaria Islas made a mistake last July - he went outside to eat his lunch.
Josemaria Islas and his family are living in fear, yet speaking out with courage, as his deportation order draws closer day by day.
Latinos have emerged as a progressive nationwide political bloc that no amount of right-wing posturing will let the Republicans capture in any significant numbers.
Union, community, immigrant rights, and faith group members gathered on Valentine's Day in front of Mi Pueblo Foods, in the heart of the heavily Latino Fruitvale district.