Thousands Call for Immigration Reform in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS--Thousands of people arrived in Las Vegas on Saturday to call on Congress to enact immigration reform, reports Univision. In a protest outside a federal building in Las Vegas, demonstrators cheered Rep. Shelley Berkley and Democratic majority leader Sen. Harry Reid. Both congressmen told the crowd that they had committed to keeping immigration reform a priority.

Reid, fresh from the fight for health system reform and with a difficult re-election campaign ahead, told demonstrators that there is some urgency to passing legislation to reform the immigration system, including improving border security and creating a guest worker program for seasonal workers.

The protesters also cheered Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who introduced an immigration reform bill that includes proposals to legalize the status of millions of undocumented immigrants.

Police estimate that approximately 3,500 people attended the three-hour rally, while organizers estimate the figure at 10,000.

In Seattle, thousands more gathered in Occidental Park, where U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray addressed the crowd by video and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn spoke to them in person.

More than 1,000 activists attended a rally in the western part of Chicago the same day.

The rallies in Las Vegas, Seattle and Chicago come one month after protesters marched in Washington, D.C. to call for Congressional action.