The Shocking Demands
Of Illegal Immigrants
EDITORIAL: Las Vegas
scorn for American law, sovereignty
Across the country Monday, illegal immigration supporters brought the
first signs of sophistication to their massive demonstrations. Their
"National Day of Action" featured marchers in white T-shirts waving
American flags. The Mexican flags and cries of "Viva Mexico!" that
dominated previous rallies -- and infuriated American citizens who want
immediate border enforcement -- were much less common. Signs were
written in English, the language of the majority.
"The goal is to show Congress and the media and the White House that we
can organize ourselves, because we have not been very well-organized in
the past," Juan Carlos Ruiz, who coordinated Monday's march in
Washington, D.C., told the San Jose Mercury News.
In other cities, peaceful rallies emphasized a "campaign for dignity"
and the need for "comprehensive" reforms.
Such euphemisms, like Monday's signs reading "God bless America" and
"We have a dream," are deliberately ambiguous. Organizers wanted the
marches to be more about people and less about policy. Most television
stations swallowed the bait and delivered news reports soft enough to
follow "Sesame Street" on PBS.
The reason for such an approach is obvious: If marchers made their
demands the clear centerpiece of protests, the outcry from American
taxpayers already fed up with the costs of illegal immigration would
overwhelm the previously full mailboxes of every member of Congress.
Monday's march in Las Vegas might have been the country's most honest
immigrant rally. Its leaders deserve credit for having the moxie to
spell out their ideas of reform: no criminal penalties for illegals
currently living and working in the United States; no fencing or other
physical improvements to bolster security along our southern border;
and a path to citizenship and amnesty for all illegal immigrants and
Talk about wanting something for nothing.
There's no acknowledgment that crossing a sovereign nation's borders
and using all manner of fraud to make a living there is wrong. There's
no spirit of compromise, no willingness to say, "We recognize that our
families are stretching the resources of your school districts, public
hospitals and welfare rolls. In exchange for the ability to work here,
we're willing to go along with the growing number of state laws that
deny taxpayer-funded services to noncitizens."
Make no mistake, Monday's marchers believe the federal government
should continue to ignore illegal immigration, that the United States
of America should have no discernible borders and that citizens of
Latin American nations have an unquestioned right to employment and
education for their children here -- first come, first served; Asians
and Indians with engineering degrees will just have to wait --
regardless of whether they speak or understand English.
Imagine the reactions to today's news reports if, instead of seeing
Latinos draped in American flags, citizens saw signs that read, "We
don't need no stinking green cards," "Your laws don't matter," "Send my
medical bills to your state legislature" and "Bilingualism: It worked
These opinions are not shared by all Hispanics. The Washington,
D.C.-based Pew Hispanic Center and the Center for Immigration Studies
point out that Latinos are far from unified on the issue of illegal
immigration, and that those who favor enforcement of immigration laws
are fearful of being labeled traitors to their culture.
Rather than heed these trends and listen to the concerns of the
majority, the U.S. Senate insists on enabling these demonstrators by
sabotaging legislation intended to tighten our porous border, restore
some congressional control over who may enter and reduce the rapid
growth of a net-tax-recipient population that resists assimilation and
could one day overwhelm public services, stagnate our economy and lower
the quality of life in this nation.
These same senators have spent billions of dollars on the "war on
terror" and defended the need for the Department of Homeland Security,
yet they won't spend the billions necessary to properly secure our
border? They can't have it both ways.
The United States government has an obligation to its citizens to
control who enters the country. Disingenuous displays of patriotism by
illegals and their supporters will never change that.
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