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Immigrant groups try to steal thunder from tea party

Washington Times

Immigrant-rights groups sought to tap some of the “tea party” thunder Thursday by using the anti-tax-and-spending movement’s nationwide protests to argue illegal immigrants must be legalized because they are eager to pay their full taxes.

But tea partiers, rallying on the day federal income-tax returns were due, didn’t buy it.

The collision between two of the big political movements in America is expected to escalate heading in to this year’s midterm elections as both push the political parties from different directions.

“Here there are people who don’t want to pay taxes, and we’re saying there are all these people who want to carry the load and we don’t allow them to,” said Mary Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Center for Community Change. She led a delegation that delivered five boxes of blank tax forms to a Capitol Hill office as a symbol of all the tax money left uncollected because illegal immigrants have not been legalized.

The Immigration Policy Center and the Center for American Progress, two liberal-leaning think tanks, have estimated that legalizing illegal immigrants would generate between $4.5 billion and $5.4 billion in tax revenues over three years.

Tea party supporters mocked the idea.

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