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Mayor Filner leads call for immigration reform

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Elected leaders joined immigration advocates in a march and prayer vigil Saturday night, including San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Saturday's event was part of a series of demonstrations here in California and around the country, with supporters urging lawmakers in Washington to make a move on reform legislation.

The dozens who marched along Kearney Avenue are almost 3,000 miles from Washington D.C., but they're hopeful their message reaches lawmakers loud and clear.

"Legislation that is being considered in congress will eventually open the door to people to have the due process," said Roberto Ochoa, a local activist.

Most of the people who carried candles and flyers is acquainted with some of the estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants in San Diego.

"If my dad and mom don't get their citizenship I'm going to have to drop out of school and work," said UCSD student Adrian Ramirez.

That's why Mayor Filner and the San Diego Organizing Project rallied supporters to aggressively call their congressional lawmakers.

"We have to show people around the country," said Filner, "that this city, which understands the issues more than anybody, is behind this."

Filner touted his proposal for a binational Olympics with Mexico at the rally, which drew loud applause from the crowd of immigration advocates.  

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