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8:15 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

500 March For Immigration Reform In Las Cruces

Organizers say about 500 people who want Congress to pass immigration reform marched in Las Cruces and rallied outside Republican Rep. Steve Pearce's office Saturday.

Jose Manuel Escobedo of the Border Network for Human Rights says about 200 marchers from the El Paso area joined 300 New Mexicans at the rally.

The march was one of many held across the nation Saturday to kick-start an immigration overhaul bill that passed the Senate in June but has stalled in the House.

Escobedo says his group opposes Pearce's push to deny immigrants citizenship as part of the overhaul and a bill he's pushing allowing local police to enforce federal immigration laws.

Activists plan to bus advocates from as far as Farmington for a rally in Pearce's hometown of Hobbs on Sunday.

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