Monday, April 10, 2006

Immigrants rally for dignity

Hundreds of thousands of people demanding rights and citizenship for illegal immigrants protested in nearly 70 cities and towns across the U.S. The national day of action was dubbed the "Campaign for Immigrants' Dignity."

The rallies come after key immigration reform legislation in Congress reached an impasse last week.

Apparently the large crowds have had an impact on the legislators. Both major parites have been courting Latinos the fastest-growing voting population in the country.

A Korean drummer, Grace Nam, performing at a protest in New York City was quoted by the Associated Press as saying: "We just need to make our voices heard. You want to live in a place where people are treated with dignity."

It's estimated that there were some 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. in 2005. In some sectors, they make up an important part of the work force.

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