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“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” – Theodore Roosevelt Harry Alford Discusses Islamic Terrorism See Page 26 • C e l e b r a t i n g 4 8 Ye a r s o f S e r v i c e • Serving More Than 50,000 African American Readers Throughout The Metropolitan Area / Vol. 48, No. 29 May 2 - May 8, 2013 Ready! Robert Griffin III Applauds New Draft Picks Washington Redskins fans showed up en masse for the 2013 NFL Draft Day celebration at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Saturday, April 27. The football enthusiasts watched the draft on video boards with quarterback Robert Griffin III. See Page 34 for additional Redskins Draft Day photographs. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter Questions Remain about Immigration Legislation By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, Congress is working on what one immigration expert said is the most sweeping reform since the attack on the World Trade Center. Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute’s New York office, said immigration reform legislation crafted by the so-called “Gang of Eight” – has created movement on the issue not seen in decades. “There has never been this much momentum or this much bipartisan and White House support,” said Chrishti. “The bill is the first serious bipartisan effort since 2001, the most sweeping look at the issue since [then]. Nine-eleven sidelined debate for all these years and this kind of reignites the debates.” “The focus of the bill is delivering citizenship to 11.2 million undocumented immigrants. It does it slowly but ultimately, it leads to a pathway for citizenship although it may take them 13 years.” Republicans are more amenable to an agreement following the shellacking they took in November. Latino voters backed President Barack Obama in significant numbers, forcing the GOP to deal with the immigra- Visit us online for daily updates and much more @ PGC Schools Superintendent Leaves Early Page 12 Clemente Honored with Play Page 27 tion issue. The bill has stirred up sharp and passionate arguments with many Republican lawmakers expressing an unwillingness to support anything resembling amnesty. Latinos are demanding a path to citizenship and others are calling for a fair and just proSee IMMIGRATION on Page 8 Follow us on Sports Highlights Pages 36-38 and on DCTV 95 & 96

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