Immigration activists rally to push for overhaul

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Some 1,500 activists have descended on the central California congressional district of a House Republican leader to push for action on immigration legislation, increasing pressure on the GOP at a critical time in the immigration debate.

Caravans of cars and buses carrying union members and others came from all over California to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's district Wednesday, where they held a rally pressing him to support a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants in the country illegally. They then visited his office.

One demonstrator's sign said that if McCarthy didn't support immigration reform his party would be extinct. The sign was perched on a truck next to a large stuffed dinosaur bearing a photo of McCarthy's face.

Other signs demanded a vote on citizenship this fall.

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