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County Republicans Attend Convention, Immigrant Groups Protest

By Eileen Buckley

New York City, NY – The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday morning in New York City. Among those attending is Erie County Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis.

"I think it is going to be very exciting for Republicans," Davis said. "Over the four nights, you will hear a strong message about the leadership of George Bush and what he has done as our president. It will be unifying in terms of the message."

Davis says he will be attending the convention with nine local delegates from Erie County.

Meanwhile, immigrant groups from across New York State are expected to be part of protests in New York City this week. Executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, Margie McHugh, says there are now an estimated 30-million immigrants who are now eligible to vote. She says these newer Americans will be a big factor in deciding this year's presidential race.

"Immigrants are voting in larger and larger numbers, and of course, both parties are very focused on this population, because one of the only populations that's up for grabs, is, actually, the immigrant vote," McHugh said. "It's one of the only portions of the electorate that's growing. And it's also a portion that has not yet aligned itself. That is why there's an increasing amount of focus on issues that are important to these communities."

Asian and Hispanic Americans and other naturalized US citizens are expected to participate in demonstrations this week.