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Coming Out of The Shadow

by Gotham Gazette Staff, May 22, 2006

Immigrants in New York City and across the nation took to the streets, probably for the first time in history, to voice their demand for reform of immigration policy. What started as a protest against a bill -- that would make felons out of those who are illegally living or working in the country -- turned out to be a series of massive marches for immigrant rights.

“The issue of immigration stirs intense emotions and in recent weeks, Americans have seen those emotions on display, “ President George W. Bush said in his speech to the nation last week. “On the streets of major cities, crowds have rallied in support of those in our country illegally. At our southern border, others have organized to stop illegal immigrants from coming in. Across the country, Americans are trying to reconcile these contrasting images.”

In New York City, there may be more images of immigrants than anywhere else in the nation. Check out some of them, and the stories they tell, in our slide show on New York City's immigrants.


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