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People Gather to Support Immigration Reform

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Immigration reform rallies took place across Washington state, Wednesday. Locally, people gathered in Yakima and Walla Walla.

About two dozen people showed up to a community meeting in Yakima to share stories about families affected by the current immigration system.

The rally also gave people an opportunity to learn more about what's next for immigration reform and how they can get involved to help the efforts.
Several undocumented young people also attended the rally. They say it's important for them to be involved since the issue affects them and their families.

They say they're hopeful reform will come soon, so they can have the same opportunities the rest of their classmates are enjoying.

"I want to make a difference in my community and let everybody undocumented, and students especially that are wanting to continue their education, to let them know that we can do this together but with the help of the whole community," said Kimberly Aleman, a 17-year-old undocumented student.

Aleman says she's pretty anxious to hear the upcoming reform proposal. She hopes the Dream Act will be a part of it, so undocumented students like her will have the chance to get federal education grants.

At the earliest, we could get our first look at the bill by Thursday.