RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 150 people marched in downtown Reno on
Thursday in support of a nationwide protest demanding comprehensive
immigration reform, including citizenship opportunities for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
The crowd chanted "Si se puede," Spanish for "It can be done," and many waved American flags in the "Day Without Immigrants" march.
Juan Gama, 25, said it's important to get the attention of the U.S. government.
"We just want them to know that we are here," said Gama, who has lived in Reno for three years. "We are not in Mexico. They act like we are not here."
Last year, nearly 1,000 attended a similar rally in Reno.
Several people attributed Thursday's lower turn out to a raid of illegal workers at McDonald's restaurants in the area last year.
Yessica Reyes, 16, said she missed a day of school to attend the
"I dont think its right for the government to come into peoples jobs and homes," she said. Her father, Ron Lopez, was deported a year ago, she said. He had been in the country 11 years.
Reyes said her youngest brother, who is 3, continues to ask for him.
"It gets hard because now we struggle to pay rent," she said. Her mom and older sister work to pay rent.
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