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Hundreds of immigrant advocates gather in Miami

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LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | November 18, 2013 10:37 AM EST | AP


MIAMI (AP) — Much of this year's immigration reform battle has been about who will get legal status, and when will they get it. But this week, immigration advocates from around the country are gathering to move the discussion beyond the rhetoric of reform and amnesty.

They are meeting in Miami to examine how the United States can more quickly integrate its newest members into its civic and economic life.

The sixth annual National Immigrant Integration Conference runs through Tuesday at the Hilton in downtown Miami. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Rep. Luis Gutierrez and American Book Award winner Edwidge Danticat are among the speakers. Organizers say they expect more than 600 government, business and community leaders. The conference is organized by the National Partnership for New Americans.