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Immigrants Want Stimulus Money to go to Language Education

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New York City immigrants want federal stimulus money to be used for job training and English language education.

REPORTER: Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of The New York Immigration Coalition, was one of hundreds gathered in City Hall Park today, urging government officials to keep immigrant services in next year's budget.

HONG: It's really time for bold leadership. The kind of bold leadership that really invests in immigrant workers, low-wage workers, and our students, so we can be part of rebuilding the economy.

REPORTER: Many mayoral candidates, including City Comptroller William Thompson, spoke at the rally to voice their support for New York's large immigrant community. Immigrants and their children make up two thirds of the city's population.

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