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LAT: “Groups” Are Opposed To Amnesty

From an outraged Los Angeles Times:

Immigration bill ignites grass-roots fire

The conservative group NumbersUSA has seen its numbers skyrocket. Activists pressure wavering senators.

By Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
June 24, 2007

ROSSLYN, VA. — When Kim Wade pulled up in front of the Jackson, Miss., offices of Republican Sen. Trent Lott, a crowd was already waiting. They were students, professionals and homemakers, all members of the immigration-restriction advocacy group NumbersUSA. And they were all there to blast Lott for his support of the Senate immigration bill.

They delivered petitions bearing nearly 3,000 signatures, part of a multipronged campaign, imploring Lott not to “sell out Mississippi to illegal aliens.” The office secretary “could barely receive them because the phones were ringing off the hook” with calls protesting Lott’s immigration stance, said Wade, a local talk-radio host.

TV, radio and Internet ads condemning Lott had been running for days before the Tuesday visit. By Friday, 1,000 more people had signed the NumbersUSA petition online.

Conservative anger at the Senate immigration bill is at such a pitch that even Republican lawmakers are feeling the heat. Groups like NumbersUSA have been channeling that grass-roots fury and, in doing so, have leaped in size and are playing a larger role in the immigration debate than ever before.

At NumbersUSA, one of the largest and loudest, membership is up 81% since January and donations are soaring. With the immigration bill possibly set to pass or fail in the Senate this week — a crucial vote could come as early as Tuesday — the nonprofit group plans a fierce campaign against the bill and any senator who supports it.

The group will unveil TV ads against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.). Another ad will target Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
NumbersUSA President Roy Beck expects to contact the group’s activist members — who he says now number 419,000 — with dozens of e-mail alerts, many of which he sends at 2 and 3 a.m.
“We’re in a war zone right now, so we’re drawing down the reserves,” said Beck, who describes his battle against pro-bill groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as “an amazing David-and-Goliath thing.” …

Most polls show that though Americans are concerned about border security, a majority favor finding a way to allow most now in the country illegally to gain legal status.

Throughout the immigration debate, senators who back the bill have decried the influence of talk radio, saying it misrepresents the legislation. These lawmakers vow they won’t buckle but admit they’re feeling pressure

When has the Los Angeles Times ever run a story about (Communist front) International ANSWER and its demands for amnesty and other illegal alien “rights”?

When has any of our watchdog media ever reported on the billions of dollars spent by leftwing groups such as MoveOn.org to marshal their rent-a-mobs?

No, the efforts on the America-hating left are always “grassroots” movements, and by definition altruistic and pure.

Pay no attention to the mass-produced signs at any leftwing rally. Pay no attention to their buses. Their lunches. The $40 a head cash payments to the demonstrators — unless they are their at the behest of their union bosses.

No. The citizenry’s rejection of the amnesty bill is all the work of a few rightwing special interest groups — and of course rightwing talk radio.

(I myself was all for amnesty until NumbersUSA took my willpower away.)

For the truth of the matter is Americans love illegal aliens and want even more of them. The polls tell us so every day.

And we know that our watchdog media would never lie to us about polls.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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