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Immigrants play more vocal role in reform debate

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PHOENIX (AP) - Parents, workers and students who once were afraid to reveal that they were living in the U.S. illegally are trying to shape the national immigration reform debate.

They are sharing their stories, attending marches and sit-ins, and lobbying state and national lawmakers for expanded rights. They say they are willing to face possible arrest and deportation if it means giving a voice to a community long in the shadows.

The size of the pro-immigrant movement will be on display Wednesday at rallies around the country, including one in Washington, D.C. It is unclear how successful the movement will be in persuading Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Anti-illegal immigration activists say they aren't worried that lawmakers or voters will be swayed by the emotional message.

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