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Group rallies for immigration reform at Capitol


MADISON (WKOW) -- A group gathers ahead of a national rally to support immigration reform.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for a rally at the nation's capital.

Here in Madison, a group of about 50 families left late Tuesday afternoon to head to D.C., but first, they took a few minutes to talk about what they're hoping for in the next few weeks.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are working on an immigration reform bill. This group says they plan to talk with their representatives about why they believe it's important to make a change.

The group braved the chilly, rainy weather to spread their message on Tuesday.

"A little bit of discomfort for something that's so important for people who have been in an uncomfortable situation for many, many years, we feel like it's very much worth it," says Patrick Hickey, an organizer. "A lot of people have given up some of their work time taken vacation days and putting a strain on their family so they can participate in this effort."

Organizers say for many on the bus, the issue of immigration hits close to home. Some have family members who are undocumented or family who have been deported.

Organizers say six buses will leave Wisconsin to meet up with 300 from across the nation.

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