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Marching to Honor Cesar Chavez and Carry Out His Legacy

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Hundreds of people marched down the streets of Yakima, celebrating one man's legacy.

Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers of America, stood for the rights of farm workers everywhere. Today, many people across the Yakima Valley are following in his footsteps.

"70 percent of workers in agriculture are undocumented so because Washington State is so dependent on agriculture that's exactly why we need a new immigration process," said Jorge Valenzuela, the Regional Director for United Farm Workers.

"I think it's a huge time right now, and this is history in the making," said Paola Toledo. "Honestly if you're young you should really get involved right now."

Marchers said they're sending a message loud and clear. They're tired of watching families be pulled apart, and they're tired of watching friends give up on dreams.

"It's enough of families living in fear," said Valenzuela. "It's enough of families living separate from one another, and it's not good for our families. It's not good for our communities."

"I had the choice of going to college and getting financial aid and since they didn't have any documents they had to settle for a minimum wage job," said Toledo. "Have to look down on their lives and think oh just because I don't have documents, I have to just settle for the life that I don't want."

Even though Saturday's event carried a serious message, everyone's spirits were high. They sent their gratitude to a man who made a difference in their lives.

"It let my dad work here in the United States, and I really appreciate that," said Alexis Lopez.

The United Farm Workers, as well as other local advocates continue to work with lawmakers to pass a new immigration process that would allow the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States to legalize their status.