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Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

Cameron Kasky, a Stoneman Douglas survivor, spoke at the march: "I look forward 10 years and see hope...the march is not the climax of this movement, it's the beginning."

  • He said: "The voters are coming...Today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption."
  • Protestors have been chanting: "Everyday shootings are everyday problems."
  • Naomi Wadler, an 11-year-old from Alexandria, Va., also spoke at the march, "to acknowledge & represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page."

What the protestors were saying:

  • Coya, works in higher education: "It's important not only to support my students but to stand beside them...their safety is important to me. I trust them [my students] with my life more than the people in Congress."
  • Sarah, also works with college students: "I have seen in the past few years, college students get a massive amount of anxiety and fear."
  • Rachel, 15 years old: "We're here to support the protests...and hope that Congress will understand our problems."

Herbert, who was there with his 7-year-old grandson: "I'm marching for my children. They shouldn't be afraid of guns...we don't need them in our society."

Herbert and his 7-year-old grandson at D.C.'s March for our Lives protest. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestors at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestors at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

The other side:

Counter-protestors at the D.C. March for our Lives protest. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

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Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

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