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Unions, Immigrant Groups To March In California Cities

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Mexican immigrants march for more rights in Northern California's largest city, San Jose (2006).

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(AP) - Immigrant rights groups and unions will hold rallies in at least a dozen California cities in opposition to President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration.

Marches are planned Monday in cities spanning from Santa Rosa to San Diego. Tens of thousands are expected to rally in downtown Los Angeles after groups that in years past held separate May Day events joined together to oppose Trump.

Immigrant advocates say they hope large crowds will get Trump and congressional lawmakers to rethink efforts to expand deportations and pressure local governments to assist federal deportation agents.

Around the world, union members traditionally march on May 1 for workers' rights. In the U.S., the event became a rallying point for immigrants in 2006 when massive demonstrations were held against an immigration enforcement bill.

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