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Immigration-reform supporters plan rallies in SE Minnesota

From staff reports

Supporters of immigration reform will rally Saturday in Rochester's Central Park. Centro Campesino of Owatonna is organizing the gathering to urge fair and humane immigration policies.

The rally is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park in the 200 block of First Avenue Northwest.

"Immigrant worker and their families contribute significantly to the state's economy, culture and quality of life," an announcement said. "We deserve to be treated with dignity and respect."

The gathering is one of five being conducted in southeastern and south central Minnesota. One also is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 in Austin's Central Park at South Main Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast. Rallies also are scheduled during March in Faribault, Northfield and Owatonna.

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The public is invited to show support for "fair and humane" immigration reform, as well as for a clear and speedy immigration system, permanent residency and citizenship for immigrants, family reunifications, humane labor conditions, civil rights, respect and dignity.

For more information, call (507) 466-9599 or e-mail to info@centrocampesino.net.

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