Immigration Battle Heats Up

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President Bush says don't do it. So does Los Angeles Cardinal Mahoney. But in cities and towns across America today, immigrants, undocumented workers, businesses and supporters are making up their own minds about whether to stay home, shut down, skip school and take to the streets.

Immigrant advocates are divided on what the California state senate has lauded as "The Great American Boycott 2006." Some say it's time to flex immigrant muscle in a reprise of the 1960s civil rights movement. Others say it's time for "steady as she goes" — that new immigrant rights are coming. And the whole country's watching.

Hear about the great immigrant mobilization of 2006.


Carrie Kahn, reporter, NPR

Jaime Contreras, President of the National Capital Immigration Coalition

Leo Anchondo, Director of the National Catholic Bishops' Conference

Nativo Lopez, President of the Mexican American Political Association and executive director of the immigrant advocacy organization, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional

John O'Sullivan, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and editor-at-large for National Review.

This program aired on May 1, 2006.


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