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PHOENIX -- Union organizers with the Arizona AFL-CIO say immigration reform is a workers' rights issue.

The Democratic-leaning union held a rally Monday outside Arizona's Capitol to demand a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona told the dozens of people at the rally that Congress must pass immigration reform this year.

Advocates say hard workers should be rewarded with legal status. They waved signs in Spanish that read, ``The time has come.''

Advocates also marched Monday through downtown Phoenix to protest deportations. That event drew many Hispanic mothers pushing their children in strollers.

The demonstrators marched more than two miles through Phoenix from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office.

Associated Press,

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