¡Desea vivo la revolución inmigrante! — but at what cost?

April 28, 2006, 12:02 am


By Andrew L. Jaffee

On May 1, illegal immigrant protestors plan to “‘close’ US cities” to intimidate local, state, and the federal government into throwing open our nation’s gates to a flood of foreigners seeking American economic prosperity. Illegals, who by definition are in the U.S. by circumventing legal immigration rules, are now trying to set the nation’s policies. These people do not pay taxes, nor have earned the benefits of our democracy. They do not and should not have the right to vote. They should not be allowed to influence policies agreed to by natural and naturalized citizens. Rather, the illegals seek to intimidate local, state and federal governments into accepting an open-door immigration policy. Such a policy will surely destroy our nation’s most cherished values of freedom and democracy. And the protests themselves are doing great damage to our society already.

Brigade Quartermasters, Ltd.

According to San Diego’s Union-Tribune, one day of school walkouts on March 27 cost California’s honest taxpayers a whole lot of dollars:

Besides lost educational hours, Monday’s walkouts cost the Los Angeles Unified School District more than $500,000 in state funding based on student attendance.

At the district’s Huntington Park High School, Principal Robert Hinojosa said there would need to be a two-hour makeup exam for the California Standards Test, which requires at least 95 percent of students at a school to participate. The test is taken at year-round schools like Huntington from March 27 to April 1, he said.

Remember that under No Child Left Behind, schools get funding based on attendance. Illegals walking out of schools in poor districts just makes those districts poorer. Thankfully, not all the illegals have been given cart blanche. Again, the Union-Tribune:

Thousands of students took to streets again Tuesday in Western states to protest proposed toughening of immigration laws but law enforcement authorities began cracking down by rounding up demonstrators as truants and issuing citations. Small numbers of arrests were reported.

“We’re not going to allow lawbreaking to take on a new dimension,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said after a second day of students roaming streets and attempting to march onto freeways — a dangerous tactic that alarmed officials.

Many of the immigrants have been displaying sentiments that far exceed their implicit message of loosening immigration laws. In fact, some have manifest downright anti-America, this-land-is-Mexican sentiments. From SaveOurState.org:

Aztlan - This Land is Ours

So here’s what we’re faced with on May 1, from Reuters:

Pro-immigration activists say a national boycott and marches planned for May 1 will flood America’s streets with millions of Latinos to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and shake the ground under Congress as it debates reform.

Such a massive turnout could make for the largest protests since the civil rights era of the 1960s, though not all Latinos were comfortable with such militancy, fearing a backlash in Middle America.

“There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We’re going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official who helped organize earlier rallies credited with rattling Congress as it weighs the issue.

Unbelievable. Congress is “rattled” by people who can’t even vote. Granted, many of the illegals may have family members who can vote, or at least sympathy from some element of the Latin-American electorate. But pandering to one constituency is not exactly pluralistic. Intimidation is not how policy should be made in the world’s greatest democracy — that is, if we want to keep our status as leader of the free world.


What we do now or perhaps more importantly, what we don’t do now about illegal immigration, will have a dramatic impact on the face of America for 10, 30, and 50 years to come. If the U.S. population explodes to 1/2 billion people by 2050, what will happen to the values we hold so dear, like prosperity and freedom?

We’re way past the point of granting amnesty to illegals — about 12 million (illegal immigrants) past that point. Assimilation takes time. When does the U.S. become unmanageable? When the population reaches 400, 500, 600 million? How do we educate immigrants at the current, rapid pace of influx?

Note that I fully support legal immigration, being the son of immigrants. But these mobs of illegals trying to intimidate our congress goes too far. If we were smart, we would use the opportunity to round up and deport the illegals who show up for the rallies.

Take action now. Support LEGAL immigration.

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Related: Immigration, Latin America, Society, United States

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