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Sep 26, 2013 6:43 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Local farmers and leaders rally for immigration reform

Members of the California Strawberry Commission and community leaders held a rally Thursday to increase support for a petition for federal immigration reform.

According to the farmers, they lost $4.4 million and over 1000 acres of strawberries because of the decrease in farm labor.

The bill's authors hope to help immigrants obtain work visas during the harvest season.

"All the growers need workers. We need some kind of comprehensive reform. We need a worker program. There's all kinds of things we need," said Alice Patino, the Santa Maria Mayor.

Next week, people who took part in Thursday's rally will take a petition with a list of signatures to Capitol HIll.

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