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Immigrant rights supporters rally in downtown L.A.

March 27, 2010 | 12:34 pm

Supporters of immigrant rights rallied for reform in Los Angeles on Saturday in a march that was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at Broadway and Olympic Boulevard, wind its way north to Temple Street and end back at the Olympic and Broadway intersection. 

The event is part of an orchestrated effort across the country to pressure lawmakers to move ahead with immigration legislation this year. Last Sunday, tens of thousands of immigrant rights proponents rallied on the National Mall in Washington.

Sens. Charles E. Schumer  (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) outlined a framework for the legislation in mid-March that would provide a path to citizenship for some of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., enhance border enforcement efforts and create a program that admits temporary workers. The plan would also create biometric Social Security cards for workers that would allow employers to verify their status.

President Obama has said he is committed to seeking bipartisan consensus on the issue this year. But Graham also warned that the bitter fight over passage of Obama's healthcare legislation would dim the chances of getting legislation though the Senate this year.

-- Maeve Reston

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