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Rally for immigrant rights planned in Chicago

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Immigrant rights advocates are planning May Day events throughout Chicago.

One rally begins Thursday morning at a West Side park. Another starts later in the day at a sculpture commemorating the Haymarket riot. The day is to end outside the Chicago offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Organizers say the theme is calling on the Obama administration to end deportations. Activist Elvira Arellano (el-VEE'-ruh ah-ray-AH'-noh) is among the speakers. She once sought sanctuary at a Chicago church while living in the U.S. illegally.

Organizers expect a few thousand participants.

A similar 2006 Chicago march drew about half a million people. Last year roughly 2,000 participated.

Recent efforts at overhauling immigration policies have stalled in the Republican-led U.S. House. However, some Illinois Republicans recently urged a vote on the measure.

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