Immigration Debate Gives Life to Annual Rallies

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tens of thousands are expected to rally in dozens of cities from New York to Bozeman, Mont., today in what has become an annual cry for easing the nation's immigration laws.

The rallies carry a special sense of urgency this year, two weeks after a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would bring many of the estimated 11 million living in the U.S. illegally out of the shadows.

The May Day crowds are not expected to approach the massive demonstrations of 2006 and 2007, during the last serious attempt to introduce major changes to the U.S. immigration system. Social media and text messaging have emerged as indispensable tools since then, and advocates are focusing their efforts on getting supporters to call and write members of Congress.