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Thousands march in downtown ATL in support of immigration reform

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

There were big crowds outside the State Capitol on Wednesday as thousands showed up to support immigration reform.

The group rallied on the capitol steps, then marched through downtown.

Police estimated the crowds to be around 3,000 people but it certainly looked, felt, and sounded like a whole lot more.

The group came armed with drums, signs, and of course, their voices.

"I'm here with so many people and it's amazing," said Paula Sanchez.

Most will tell you they're here in the U.S. to have a better life and to provide for their families.

If given the chance, some said they want to do it the right way, the legal way.

"It's time Hispanics be treated with respect and dignity," said Mercedes Guzman.

"We're not here to commit crimes. We know there are some bad people of our ethnicity, but not all people are the same. What we're trying to do is send message that we're here to contribute to the economy and do the most we can for this country as well," said German Barreda.

Their message was intended for everyone, but it was specifically directed to President Barack Obama.

"We are in the beginning of the next four years. It is time, President Obama. It is time," said Guzman.

Several signs at the rally were about the promise the president made for reform four years ago.

"Keep your promise. We support you, please support us," said Guzman.

Opponents of immigration reform actually welcomed the rally and hoped it would be even bigger. They said it proves how widespread the illegal immigration problem is and just how bad reform could be.

D.A. King is a well known illegal immigration opponent.

"Sometimes I have difficulty making people believe someone can come into country illegally then stomp their feet enough and become citizen. These people are against enforcement of our illegal immigration laws and that is never going to change. I think that became very evident to a lot of people today," said King.

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