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US_NEWS_IMMIGRATION_7_LOS_ANGELES.JPGVIDEO: Dan Walters talks about the long road back for California Republicans who convened in Sacramento this weekend.

As a bipartisan U.S. Senate group looks at comprehensive immigration reform, advocates in the Golden State are mobilizing.

Sunday marked the start of the California portion of what's being called the Keeping Families Together Bus Tour, a rolling demonstration urging elected officials to open a path to citizenship for the undocumented.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles is organizing the tour in the state.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, is getting in on the action with an 11 a.m. press conference in room B-27 of the State Capitol. Other events around the state include rallies at the Los Angeles district office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as well as the Modesto district office of GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, the Apple Valley district office of GOP Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, and the Rancho Cucamonga district office of GOP Rep. Gary Miller.

The Senate group has yet to release its much-anticipated overhaul bill, but odds are the tougher fight will be in the Republican-controlled House. So it's probably no coincidence that the scheduled stops for the bus tour are mostly visits to Republican members of California's House delegation.

That's not the only demonstration going on today. Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, is joining a march and rally for higher education. The group will start at Raley Field in West Sacramento at 10 a.m. and will proceed to the Capitol's west steps for an 11 a.m. rally. In addition to a mass of students, participants will include Tiffany Mok of the ALCU of Northern California, UC Student Association President Raquel Morales, Sen. Daniel Clark of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges, and Pedro Ramirez of the California State Student Association.

There's no crying in politics: California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls chair Geena Davis will be in the Assembly chambers today, presenting "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" awards to 10 distinguished women. The Legislative Women's Caucus is sponsoring the event.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, chairs a Banking Committee hearing on payday lending, a practice that critics say charges unreasonably high rates to low-income borrowers. Look for it at 2 p.m. in room 444 of the State Capitol.

There will be another Senate hearing, starting at 12:30 p.m. in room 4203, on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, the latest in a string of extraordinary session hearings tied to implementing the federal health care overhaul.

PHOTO CREDIT: Hundreds of young immigrants line up on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles, as the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights launches the application period for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times file, 2012.



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