BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants and their supporters have gathered to march in Boston as part of a nationwide effort to press Republicans controlling the U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reforms.

Saturday’s afternoon rally features participants from Fitchburg, Williamstown, Springfield, Worcester, Lynn, Brockton and New Bedford. They gathered at Copley Square and were set to march past branches of Bank of America, where they will demand the bank to stop funding House Speaker John Boehner because he refuses to put a Senate-backed immigration overhaul to a vote.

The event is among more than 150 nationwide calling for immigrant dignity and respect.

The Boston rally will demand an end to deportations. Marchers also want passage of state bills that would allow immigrants living in the country illegally to secure driving licenses and prevent police from checking immigration status of detainees.

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