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Eva Longoria's crusade against slavery!

The Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria, takes on US' controversial immigration issue in a new film.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 20:27 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is taking on America's controversial immigration issue in a new film after she learnt that fellow Latinos were being roped into slavery.

According to Contactmusic, Longoria accepts that she has become a role model for the Latin community and wants to make a positive change in the lives of immigrants living below the poverty line.

She says: "I work a lot with the National Council of La Raza, which is the largest Latino civil rights organisation in the country and I work a lot with the United Farm Workers. I have been in the fields with these people and I have tried to experience a day in the life of these people. I am producing a documentary on the labour workers."

She adds: "We are in this big debate about the future of our immigration laws which is coloured by the often negative media portrayals of Latinos in television and film. In the 1940s, after the Great Depression, they did a huge deportation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who were American citizens and I think our administration can't afford to let this end badly again.

"Everyone has a right to be treated as a human being. There are slavery lawsuits in Florida right now against some orange growers... The fact that the year is 2006 and slavery's still happening is insane."

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 18:54 IST