Symposium in Fresno focuses on changes | By Stephanie Lopez
FRESNO — The immigration bill introduced Wednesday in the Senate by a “gang of eight” bipartisan lawmakers may be on the President’s desk as early as July, but the legislation did not come easy.
It required massive mobilization, lobbying and compromise that reflected the new strength of immigrant power — the power in numbers.
Speaking Wednesday at the 2013 Roger Tatarian Journalism Symposium at Fresno State, Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, addressed the importance of young immigrants in changing the debate about immigration through activism. Those young immigrants, such as the “dreamers,” took to the streets to fight for their rights.
But it wasn’t just about the activism. Santos pointed out that the immigrants had something else on their side: they had numbers. “Numbers, they are very powerful,” Santos said. “They can do and undo careers, they can propel or destroy reforms. They can change lives. They can change countries, sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse..."