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Immigrants, advocates ready marches across Wash.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A couple of thousand demonstrators are expected to rally across Washington Saturday in support of immigration reform, with added urgency after a strict new law targeting illegal immigration passed in Arizona.

This year's May 1 immigration rallies will expand to at least nine cities in Washington, including Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Centralia. Cities that have seen rallies in the past, such as Seattle and Yakima, will also host marches.

Since 2006, numbers have steadily declined for these rallies in Washington. It remains to be seen if the new law in Arizona will spark a spike in numbers.

But immigrant advocate Pramila Jayapal of OneAmerica says this year advocates want to show their numbers across the state, not just in one big rally in Seattle.