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Illegal Aliens Demand Amnesty On Capitol Hill

From those celebrants of the gorgeous mosaic at the (lily white) Washington Post:

Rally Draws Thousands of Immigrants to Capitol

As Senate Debates Complex Bill, Some Cite Simple Rights

By Pamela Constable
Sunday, June 3, 2007; A06

Waving tiny American flags, a crowd of several thousand people — almost all of Central American or Mexican origin — rallied yesterday at the U.S. Capitol on a humid afternoon to call for immigration reform and demand a fair path to legalization for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

Although the peaceful gathering on the West Lawn was organized to give immigrants a voice in the current debate on a complex Senate immigration reform bill, the message of many speeches from the stage and comments in the crowd was a simpler, more universal appeal for respect and rights.

“We want people to know we did not come here to steal jobs from Americans. We came to work hard and make a life for our children,” said Jose Rosa, 37, a father of six from El Salvador who waits tables at a Fairfax restaurant. “Back home there is no way I can support my family on $3 a day. Their future is here.” …

Because of the complexities, as well as the hot sun that drove many people under shady trees on the far edges of the lawn, it was not easy for rally leaders to get a strong chant-and-response going. Speakers repeatedly shouted, “What do we want?” But it was not always clear what answer they expected. People gamely mumbled a variety of responses, including “Work!” and “Legalization!”

According to some organizers at the rally, it was difficult to persuade people to attend because of a widespread mistaken belief among local immigrants that the bill had already passed or was a fait accompli. Coalition leaders had hoped to draw tens of thousands, but by mid-afternoon there were only several thousand people on the lawn…

Leonardo Gonzalez, 50, a Mexican immigrant who came with a church group from Baltimore, said he prayed for legalization because it would give him the courage to ask for a raise. “I earn $9 an hour remodeling rooms, and I send $200 home each month,” he said. “I know my work is worth more than that, but until I become legal, I am worth nothing.”

What “simple rights” do these people have to live in our country illegally?

What “simple rights” do we have to decide to live in Mexico? (Hint: none.)

Because of the complexities, as well as the hot sun that drove many people under shady trees on the far edges of the lawn, it was not easy for rally leaders to get a strong chant-and-response going.

I suppose The Post will soon be demanding marquees be supplied by the taxpayer. But somehow this seems to undercut the claims about how hardworking they all are.

As do the professionally printed signs carried by these “grassroots” demonstrators.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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