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Immigrants Protest in Denver

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Aug 29, 2008

DENVERMore than 1,000 people marched Thursday through the streets of Denver, host of the Democratic National Convention, to demand that the presidential candidates include a path to legalization in their platforms, reports El Diario/La Prensa. Holding signs and shouting, "We want justice," protesters from New York to California gathered peacefully in the Colorado city to call for the candidates to address immigration reform. Though Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have outlined their plans for reform, it remains a controversial issue that both candidates have preferred to stay away from. Stephany Vargas, 17, took a bus from California to be part of the demonstration. "My parents are going through a really hard time, she told El Diario/La Prensa. "My mom cant find work because she is undocumented and we are about to lose our house. Vargas said she has a friend whose parents were deported, and she doesn't want to go through the same thing. The solution, according to the organizers, is pressuring elected officials through the strength of the vote. More than 9 million Latinos are currently registered to vote, but polls show that immigration is not at the top of their list of concerns. According to a study by NALEO, the most important issues for Latinos in this election are the economy, lack of health insurance and the war in Iraq.

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