Thousands expected to join US immigration protests

Thousands of immigrants are expected to demonstrate in several major cities across the United States on Tuesday, calling for sweeping reforms of laws governing foreign workers.

Thousands expected to join US immigration protests

Thousands of immigrants are expected to demonstrate in several major cities across the United States on Tuesday, calling for sweeping reforms of laws governing foreign workers.

Demonstrators demanding a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants hope that nationwide marches will spur Congress to act before the looming presidential primaries take over the political landscape.

Around 100,000 people are expected to gridlock downtown Los Angeles in day-long demonstrations, one year after more than half a million, mostly Hispanic, protestors took to the streets here.

Protests and rallies are also scheduled in New York, Chicago, Miami and Phoenix, but the events are not expected to reach the scale of last year's massive demonstrations as activists struggle to present a united front.

Though this year's turnout will likely be lower, organizers say immigrants feel a sense of urgency to keep immigration reform from getting pushed to the back burner by the 2008 presidential elections.

"If we don't act, then both the Democratic and Republican parties can go back to their comfort zones and do nothing," said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. "They won't have the courage to resolve a major situation for millions of people."

In Los Angeles, marches were set to include demands for a legalization program, a stop to the raids and an anti-Iraq war message. City and transportation officials were planning for as many as 500,000 people in downtown, believing it could be the largest in the city so far this year.

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