Many Californians celebrate deportation relief

Nov 20, 2014 2:17 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The stakes for President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration are particularly high in California, which has the largest number of people living illegally than any other state by far.

For activists hardened by years of setbacks, celebrations began even before the president's televised speech Thursday evening.

From San Diego to Santa Rosa, activists invited friends to watch the speech. About a dozen groups planned to watch the speech on a large screen in the streets of downtown Los Angeles and hear a performance by alternative rock band La Santa Cecilia.

The United Farm Workers organized celebrations in Fresno, Bakersfield and six other California cities.

Obama's measures could make as many as 5 million people eligible for work permits.

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