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Associated Press: Widening, Diverse Movement Calls for Immigration Reform

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crowdIf you were still in a tryptophan-induced turkey coma when the Associated Press published this piece last weekend, you should check it out today. In “Immigration reform activists diversifying ranks,” Suzanne Gamboa reports on the widening movement to pass real immigration reform:

With the 2010 election year looming, Democrat Barack Obama in the White House and increasing numbers of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in Congress, many groups, including the NAACP, are working harder in the traditionally Latino-led movement, sensing a fresh opportunity to overhaul laws affecting millions of immigrants, both legal and illegal.

 “For far too long, the Latino population in the U.S. has really borne the brunt of the anti-immigrant sentiment,” said Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y. Washington NAACP bureau director Hillary Shelton said: “The immigration debate needs to have, in addition to a Latino face, it needs to have a Haitian face. It needs to have an Asian face.”

Unquestionably, the immigration issue is a temperature’s-rising matter; opinions are strong, in some cases ranging to demands to close the borders. And no small part of the renewed impetus for revamping the system are the increasing immigrant crackdowns.