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SEATTLE  - Organizers of today's immigration march in Seattle expect about 25-thousand to march and rally at the downtown Federal Building. Ricardo Ortega of the "Committee for General Amnesty and Social Justice" says many people are leaving work and students are leaving classes to take part.

He says they hope to pressure Congress to reform immigration law to reunite families, clear the way for obtaining U-S citizenship and create more opportunities for foreign workers. He says they hear some complaints from people who say undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes and take jobs from U-S citizens. Ortega says undocumented immigrants pay more in taxes than they take and perform dangerous low-wage jobs that nobody else will do.

Rallies are also taking place in Tri-Cities and Yakima.  Continue watching KHQ Right Now for LIVE streaming coverage of the day's events.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.)

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