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Police and organizers plan for largest crowd in downtown Beaumont
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
The Beaumont Police Department will call in extra officers Saturday to help make sure the Gift of Life Color Run and an immigration march take place without problems.
Students at Lamar University are reaching out, handing out flyers on campus.
They're trying to attract other young people to downtown Beaumont this weekend.
"This Saturday we're going to have a march, Beaumont is going to march for immigration reform. We want to ask for the congressman to please support his constituents and his undocumented family in supporting the immigration reform bill," Juan Rodriguez, the organizer of the march says.
It's part of a national movement.
Organizers in cities across the nation want to bring awareness to what they call basic human rights.
"It's families that are being torn apart. Everyday you see the separation of families everyday people are being separated," Rodriguez said.
They're not sure how many people will show up for the immigration reform march.
They're inviting participants in the Gift of Life Run to join them.
"As supporters of breast cancer awareness, we would love to see our community to step out on behalf of the immigrant community as well," Rodriguez said.
Orleans street is the only place where the routes intersect.
Police say they have everything under control and expect the runners to be finished by the time the marchers come through.
"We have a lot of officers to help with this event. We have plenty of emergency workers. We have plans to help exit the area if we need to, we've pretty much ironed out the wrinkles as we can and we'll tackle anything else as it comes along," Officer Carol Riley with the Beaumont Police Department says.
While police direct traffic the groups will spread messages.
One will focus on the fight against cancer.
"You know I think everyone is embracing this with a warm pink and teal spirit and we know that we need to come early and carpool," Norma Sanders with the Julie Rogers Gift of Life says.
The other group will be supporting immigration reform.
"If people would want to come out and support it would definitely be great for us as well," Rodriguez said.
Police say if you're planning to take part in the run show up a few hours early.
The walk/run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and the immigration march starts at 11.