Immigration activists held a rally in Knoxville Monday night to call Washington to action.

They gathered in Market Square to bring attention to their desire to see immigration reform. They tried to rally support and get people to sign their immigration petition.

Supporters plan to send that petition to Representative Jimmy Duncan to convince him to bring the bill to a vote in the House. Organizers say they have also reached out to Mayor Madeline Rogero.

They say it's an important issue that, if passed, could impact thousands here in Knoxville.

"It will benefit the economy and that is one thing. Immigrants bring in money to the community," said Emma Ellis-Cosigua.

An immigration bill in Washington seems unlikely this year. House speaker John Boehner says he will not negotiate with the Senate on a bill that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants.

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