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Immigrants' rights activists vow to keep pressuring Congress

Immigrants' rights activists are vowing to keep pressure on Congress and to continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform. Some social scientists say yesterday's Great American Boycott is the

Immigrants' rights activists are vowing to keep pressure on Congress and to continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform. Some social scientists say yesterday's Great American Boycott is the blossoming of a civil rights movement. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Many saw the immigrants' rights marches that took place around the country a few weeks ago as the awakening of Latino's political power. And many viewed the Day Without Immigrants as a way for Latinos to express their economic clout.

Jorge Mariscal directs Chicano Studies at UCSD. He says the boycott is also about developing an ideology and agenda.

Mariscal: "I think right now where we are, if I can use this analogy, we're basically at 1955 at the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott and people like Dr. King were just waking up to take leadership roles."

Mariscal says visible Latino leaders have yet to emerge from the marches. But he expects they will soon.

Mariscal believes the protests are vital to the long term development of the Latino community in the United States.
Organizers of the San Ysidro's rally hinted there are more to come this summer. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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