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Thousands March in Downtown Immigration Rally

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LAS VEGAS --  At least 1,000 people took to the streets of Las Vegas to put pressure on Congress to act swiftly on immigration reform.

Jorge Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, says changes in the current system would not only benefit the immigrant community but local businesses as well. He says Las Vegas is a bustling hub that knows what it means to have immigrants be a part of the city's economic engine.

"Nobody should be judged by their color, nobody should be judged by an appearance," said Rogelio Martinez, a Latin singer. "I was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, but I am a U.S. citizen. But, just because of the color, I'll be offended if someone stopped me and told me I don't belong in this country."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the protesters Congress is ready and committed to coming up with fair legislation despite opposition from Republicans.

The parade-style march went from Sahara down Las Vegas Blvd. to downtown in front of the Federal Courthouse.

"What's it about in the end is justice for everyone," said Tom Vanderpool, a demonstrator. "It's about families staying together and being able to raise their hope for a piece of the American Dream."

 

 

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