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Immigration reform debate heats up in DC




People participate in a protest march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The marchers were calling for a new immigration system with a real and inclusive path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, and to keep families together.
People participate in a protest march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The marchers were calling for a new immigration system with a real and inclusive path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, and to keep families together.
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Calls for immigration reform are heating up today. Rallies are set this afternoon in Washington DC — and in communities up and down California — in support of reform. Tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters are expected to turn out in DC alone.

All this as a Senate bipartisan group — the Gang of Eight as they are known — work out the final details on its long-awaited immigration bill. 

KPCC's Washington Correspondant Kitty Felde updates us on where things stand this morning. 

Plus, the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank, recently released some surprising research. They report that immigration reform might actually boost the economy, not hurt it. We’ll speak to the group’s president, economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin.