Immigration: The New Face of America

Published June 18, 2013

The issue of immigration is a key political debate in the U.S. as Congress considers reforms that could affect the lives of millions.

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Protesters chant as they call for the release of Bertha Avila Medrano, in jail and is facing deportation on immigration charges by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Phoenix, Arizona, May 29, 2013.

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Immigration reform advocates pray before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 9, 2013.

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Rafael Cruz, who is from Mexico, stands in the plant nursery where he works in Homestead, Florida, May 7, 2013.

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Marchers walk during an immigration reform rally in downtown Los Angeles, California, May 1, 2013.

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Immigration advocates gather outside the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill as they wait to attend the committee's hearing on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, April 22, 2013.

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A crowd fills the lawn on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. during the "Rally for Citizenship," where immigrants and their supporters rallied for immigration reform, April 10, 2013. (Alison Klein for VOA)

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A crowd fills the lawn on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. during the "Rally for Citizenship," where immigrants and their supporters rallied for immigration reform, April 10, 2013. (Alison Klein for VOA)

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Protesters for immigration reform march near the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, April 10, 2013.

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Reyna Avila, who recently received a work permit and Social Security card under an Obama administration policy for young immigrants, is shown at her place of work in Phoenix, Arizona, April 2, 2013.

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President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians at the White House, March 25, 2013.

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Fatma Atia, who is originally from Egypt and lives in New York, waves an American flag during a naturalization ceremony at Federal Hall, New York, March 22, 2013.

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Participants take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at Federal Hall in New York, March 22, 2013.

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