Stu­dents look to 2012 af­ter bill fails

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Em­bold­ened by months of phone calls to law­mak­ers, hunger strikes and sit-ins, a group of col­lege stu­dents and grad­u­ates in Los An­ge­les say they plan to take their fight for im­mi­grant rights to the states and the 2012 elec­tion af­ter Se­nate Repub­li­cans blocked a key piece of leg­is­la­tion. But it won't be easy. The Se­nate vote Satur­day to toss the pro­posal that would have granted young il­le­gal im­mi­grants a route to le­gal sta­tus dealt a harsh blow to stu­dent ac­tivists who will face an even steeper up­hill bat­tle in the next Congress.

Im­mi­grants see rough times ahead in the next two years, with many Repub­li­cans vow­ing to push for tougher im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment, but they also say Latino vot­ers are get­ting fed up with law­mak­ers at a time when they are ac­cru­ing greater po­lit­i­cal clout.

"This is a move­ment," said Nancy Meza, a 23-year-old il­le­gal im­mi­grant and col­lege grad­u­ate who wore a Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les sweat­shirt as she watched the tele­vised vote. "We don't have lob­by­ists and paid staff. -Ap

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