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PHOENIX - Tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding immigration reform and waving American flags marched this afternoon from the Arizona State Fairgrounds toward the state Capitol in Phoenix for a rally.

At the front, marchers linked arms and chanted "Si Se Puede which means "Yes We Can," and "U-S-A." They're pushing for laws that would create a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants. The Arizona throng - which stretched about two miles - is easily the largest of a series of marches across the West. Police estimate at least 50-thousand people gathered for the Phoenix march. They say the only problems they've had is dealing with traffic.

An earlier march in Tucson today, according to police estimates, drew ten-thousand people. The marchers gathered at a church on the city's south side and walked to Armory Park near downtown for a rally, where another two-thousand people were waiting.

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