Immigration-reform march set on lawmaker's Walla Walla office

The demonstration will start at Jefferson Park and end near the downtown offices of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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WALLA WALLA -- Local residents looking to voice support for comprehensive immigration reform can participate in a march from Jefferson Park to the office of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Saturday.

The march begins with the group assembling at Jefferson Park, 710 S. Ninth Ave., by 10:30 a.m., and will finish at the parking lot of First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St., which is near the office of McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and large enough to hold a crowd.

The march will end with guest speakers, including a visit and speech by Pramila Jayapal, executive director and founder of OneAmerica, which is coordinating similar marches throughout the state.

Event coordinator and Whitman College student Ariel Ruiz said initial estimates of about 100 anticipated participants may have grown to include several hundred. Walla Walla's march is one of several "May Day" marches and peaceful protests for reform being coordinated across the state and country.

Organizers believe immigration reform is needed to ensure families are not separated, that more paths to legalization and citizenship are opened, that worker rights are protected, and civil and human rights are respected.

The group is seeking a senate bill to address many of the immigration concerns this year. More information is available at www.weareoneamerica.org.

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