Immigration rally urges reform, voting

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[[September 08, 2006]]/Birmingham News/Toraine Norris/ link

Reports on a small rally featuring "50 immigrants and their supporters" on [[September 7, 2006]] at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama.

Teodoro Maus, former consul general of Mexico, said the Hispanic community in the United States needs to start flexing its muscle at the ballot box. He said Birmingham was an ideal place to hold the rally because of its importance during the civil rights movement.

Maus said immigrants can learn from the way blacks organized during that era. "We have to fight for the vote."

Another attendee was Sigfredo Rubio from the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.