Advocates for immigration changes march in Washington

    About a thousand people from the Philadelphia area are taking their demands for an immigration overhaul to Washington this morning.

    Organizers say that thousands of people are marching on Washington, D.C., today to demand that Congress make it possible for illegal immigrants to become citizens. Tom Dreisbach reports.

    About a thousand people from the Philadelphia area are taking their demands for an immigration overhaul to Washington this morning.

    The Philadelphia contingent represents people from many different countries, including South and Central America, Cambodia and Laos.

    They are joining tens of thousands of marchers from across the country on the National Mall.

    Ali Kronley is the Pennsylvania director for the Reform Immigration for America Coalition. That group was the lead organizer for the rally. She says marchers will put pressure on President Obama.

    “We’re absolutely saying that Obama has a real responsiblity to deliver on his campaign promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Kronley said. “This march is part of the process of holding his feet to the fire. “

    Kronley says the nation needs to provide a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

    Advocates estimate that there are 150,000 undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania. Opponents say people should not be rewarded with citizenship if they came to the U.S. illegally.

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