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Washington, D.C. in 51 Photo Montage

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photo montage of 51 images taken by photojournalist Ramón Hernández on this page should serve as a 51,000 word article.

These photos, which are presented in chronological order, are a documentation of circa 50 supporters who endured a 36-hour trip (each way) to participate in the aforementioned press conference.

First on the agenda was a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol Building where all the aforementioned congressmen and women orated. Other speakers included Víctor Gutiérrez, from New York; Chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party, Manuel Medina; advocate Jaimé Rios, Professor Joseph M. Fonseca Jr. plus Dreamers Yessica and Stephanie Vázquez.

Between several pre-set events, such as a reception, where Carlos Velázquez of New York and others also spoke at the Sam Rayburn Building, everyone had the time to do some sightseeing and buy some souvenirs. A couple of them even got a glimpse of President Barack Obama as he and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the White House in a motorcade that drove down Pennsylvania Avenue.

After the reception and en route to the rally, some took the time to visit the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial.

By 11:30 p.m. about a hundred activists gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where the Covarrubios brothers belted out a few mariachi tunes and a colorful folkloric group performed. Here Rubén Padilla and Steve Huerta were given the opportunity to voice two passionate speeches.

The historical night ended with Dr. Edurado Ibarra Ortega leading the grito and ringing the bell at exactly midnight.

Minutes later, the San Antonio entourage re-boarded the chartered bus for the return trip home. Now enjoy the photo documentation of three event-filled days and what you see here is 51 of approximately one thousand photographs.

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