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Arizonans plan pro-immigration march in Phoenix

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left, listen as Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks prior to a news conference after their tour of the Mexico border with the United States on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Activists say hundreds of Arizonans are expected at a pro-immigration march marking International Workers’ Day.

The Arizona Comprehensive Immigration Reform Coalition is hosting the march Wednesday night.

Organizers are directing supporters to lobby lawmakers for a proposed immigration bill that would create a path toward citizenship for 11 million immigrants illegally in the country.

The legislation backed by President Barack Obama and Republicans and Democrats in Congress would be the nation’s first immigration overhaul in nearly three decades.

The event will start at the Arizona State Capitol and end in downtown Phoenix, where many immigrants work illegally in the service and tourism industries. Proponents say immigrants are a crucial part of the nation’s labor force.

Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind anti-illegal immigration law in 2010.

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One comment

  1. we are a country of law, a republic. If you do not follow the law, you must pay the consequences. end of story. Follow the law and our constitution, need no more laws. grs

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