Thousands set to rally over immigration reform

LUIS ALONSO LUGO
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Rigoberto Ramos from Seaford, Del., originally from Guatemala, rallies for immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of immigrants and activists are poised to rally in Washington, D.C., where they will ask Congress to approve immigration reforms to grant 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States a pathway toward citizenship.

Organizers say thousands of others will take part in rallies in at least 18 states as part of a nationwide week of action.

Gustavo Torres, who leads one of Maryland's largest immigrant advocacy groups, says demonstrators are gathering on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

In Atlanta, more than 1,000 people gathered at the Georgia Capitol, calling for comprehensive immigration reform and an end to deportation.

In San Francisco, demonstrators plan to build an altar with 1,000 paper flowers, symbolizing the number of people deported daily for immigration violations.