Immigration law to be focus of march today
by the Associated Press
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Desiree Robertson, 8, carries the American flag during the Selma Voting Rights March re-enactment Tuesday near White Hall. Marchers plan to make Alabama's voter ID law their focus today. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
Desiree Robertson, 8, carries the American flag during the Selma Voting Rights March re-enactment Tuesday near White Hall. Marchers plan to make Alabama's voter ID law their focus today. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
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MONTGOMERY (AP) — Demonstrators marching from Selma to Montgomery in protest of Alabama's voter ID and immigration laws plan on making the state's toughest-in-the-nation crackdown on illegal immigrants the focus of their march today.

Demonstrators have been marching since the ceremonial crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on March 4 to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the day in 1965 when hundreds of marchers protesting the shooting death of Jimmie Lee Jackson were brutalized by Alabama State Troopers.

The goal of the modern march is to call attention to laws organizers say are suppressing the right to vote. Alabama's voter ID law will go into effect in 2014 and require citizens to show photo ID at the polls.

The immigration law requires Alabamians prove their citizenship during police stops, licensing and other official transactions.
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