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Thousands march down the Las Vegas Blvd for citizenship

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Cutting papers and making boxes was not how Miriana Aumavae and her fiance, Henry Laulu, expected to spend their trip to Las Vegas.

"It doesn't affect just one group, it affects me as a Pacific Islander," said Aumavae.

The Alaskan couple were attending a conference when they heard about Wednesday's march for immigration - an effort unheard of in their community.

"We are an emerging community, so we don't have things like this where we organize the community together to raise social issues within our community. So this is something interesting for me and something I would like to implement in our community," added Aumavae.

Laulu was also among a small group of volunteers who lent a hand hours before the event. 

"I'm one of them too. All of us are. It's good to always support our people from other states," said Laulu.

"It's important because 7 percent of Nevada's population is undocumented and it's the highest rate in the nation. There are many families that are suffering under our current immigration system. Wives separated from husbands and children put in foster care," said Laura Martin with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

Until Washington approves an immigration reform bill, volunteers say they won't stop fighting to better the lives of their loved ones.

"My mom was an immigrant from Samoa - worked at McDonalds by night and the bus system in the day time and she worked very, very hard," added Aumavae.

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