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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, Students from several high schools rally after walking out of classes to protest the election of Donald Trump at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations at dozens of rallies around the country this weekend in what they are calling “the first salvo” against President-elect Donald Trump’s pledged hard line on immigration. Union leaders and young immigrants are organizing more than 50 protests and cultural events from Philadelphia to Phoenix on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 with an aim toward highlighting the power of the immigrant rights movement.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Immigration groups are holding nationwide protests against Donald Trump


These groups have a message for Donald Trump

Immigration groups and various supporters are holding nationwide protests against Donald Trump in an attempt to send a message "to send a clear pro-immigration message to the incoming administration and rally for immigration rights," the groups told NBC News.

The groups have planned some 70 events in more than 50 cities.

Trump is set to be sworn in as President on Friday.

The immigration groups say they want the President-elect to know they're here to stay.

Organizers were preparing for today's nationwide protests since last night.

"We deserve the respect and the right to live in this country. It will be a symbolic day for the immigrant community but also for this country," said Dae Joong Yoon, NAKASEC executive director.

There are about 1.3 million Koreans in the U.S. and about 192,000 or 15 percent to 18 percent are undocumented, according to Yoon.

Thousands to rally in Washington, DC

More than 3,000 people from 20 different organizations are expected to participate in the "We're Here to Stay" rally at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C., including national leaders and legislators, according to NBC News.

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