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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
Those opposing Alabama's immigration law held a rally in Decatur on Saturday to continue asking for the law's repeal.
Meanwhile, the state senate prepares to argue a new bill that wants to make revisions to the immigration law.
Coalition groups and supporters gathered at the parking lot of La Guerrerense market in Decatur before marching down 6th Ave. toward Rep. Micky Hammon's office.
There, children of immigrant families posted letters on the office door. The letters requested a repeal of the state's tough immigration law, known as HB56. Rep. Hammon is a sponsor of the law and the new bill proposing revisions.
"Hopefully he'll read them. You know, hear some of the messages that some people are saying. What should be illegal, is forcing somebody to make a choice between their country and their family. That should be illegal," Joe Ferrazas said.
Ferrazas leads the Athens-based organization All Races United. He was joined by members of other coalition groups that traveled from Montgomery and Birmingham to support Saturday's rally.
"There's a reason why people risk their lives to cross the desert and risk deportation to come live in the U.S.," said Luis Robledo, a community organizer with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.
"It's because they want a better life. They want their children to be safe," Robledo said.
But not every immigrant during Saturday's rally was against the law.
"If you don't come here legally, I don't think the people should have the right to protest," said Bachu Patel.
Patel is a pharmacist in Decatur. He attained U.S. citizenship after moving from India years ago.
Local supporters said they stand by all immigrants, whether they're documented or not.
Hundreds of people showed up for the peaceful rally.