DC Braces For Immigration March

, Posted in Politics, Posted: Tue, April 9 2013 at 6:09 PM, Updated: Tue, April 9 2013 at 6:12 PM

Silver Spring, Md.

Thousands of people are converging on the nation's capitol for an immigration reform rally on Wednesday.

They're hoping to prod lawmakers who are already moving toward an immigration bill.

In preparation for Wednesday's big rally for citizenship pro-immigration groups hit Capitol Hill to tell their stories.

"I've been living here half my life. I feel from here," said 22-year-old Alma Torres.

All she wants is to be an American.

"It's not only we want to take things away like people say, no we want to give the U.S. something," she says.

For the first time in years lawmakers seem poised to act.

The so-called Gang of Eight Senators is said to be putting the final touches on a compromise bill that could be unveiled as early as Thursday.

"I think there is bipartisan interest in moving the issue forward," says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, "And will have to see what it looks like when we get it."

Organizers of the rally are cautiously optimistic.

"The clock is ticking and our communities are getting more and more anxious," says Kica Matos of the Center for Community Change. "So that is the sense of anxiety that we have. But at the same time we are optimistic because they are still at it."

Still, there's healthy skepticism that a polarized Congress will bridge the immigration divide.

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