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Illegals Rally Around The US For Amnesty

Speaking of mob rule.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Mexican workers Guadalupe Lavastida, left to right, Jorge Temostle, and Jesus Vargas, hold placards as they join a rally for immigration reform on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2006.

Apr 10, 11:36 AM EDT

Immigration advocates rally around U.S.

By GIOVANNA DELL’ORTO
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Tens of thousands of immigrants spilled into the streets of Atlanta and other cities Monday in a national day of action billed as a "campaign for immigrants’ dignity."

In North Carolina and Dallas, immigrant groups called for an economic boycott to show their financial impact. In Pittsburgh and other cities, protesters gathered at lawmakers’ offices to make their voices heard as Congress considers immigration reforms.

"We all know pay is not the same everywhere and lot of people won’t work for the minimum here, so if they won’t take the job, what’s the problem?" said 47-year-old Jose Salazar, who joined about 100 people outside Sen. Arlen Specter’s office in Pittsburgh early Monday.

In Atlanta, police estimated at least 40,000 people, many in white T-shirts and waving signs and American flags, had gathered Monday morning for a two-mile march from a largely immigrant neighborhood in Atlanta.

The protesters had a dual purpose in Georgia: supporting immigrant rights nationally and protesting state legislation awaiting Gov. Sonny Perdue’s signature that would require adults seeking many state-administered benefits to prove they are in the country legally.

Nineth Castillo, a 26-year-old waitress from Guatemala, said she has lived in the United States for 11 years "without a scrap of paper."

Asked whether she was afraid to parade her undocumented status in front of a massive police presence, she laughed and said: "Why? They kick us out, we’re coming back tomorrow."

Carlos Carrera, a construction worker from Mexico, held a banner that read: "We are not criminals. Give us a chance for a better life."

"We would like them to let us work with dignity. We want to progress along with this country," said Carrera, who said he has been in the United States for 20 years.

In North Carolina, hundreds of Latinos prepared to skip work or boycott all purchases on Monday to demonstrate the financial impact of the Latino community on area businesses. In Charlotte, some employees planned to skip work, including some with the blessing of their Latino bosses.

"We’re hoping that employers stop to consider what this is all about," organizer Adriana Galvez said. "That if you need people here to do the work, to buy, then give them a legal channel to get here."

In Dallas, where a march Sunday drew between 350,000 and 500,000 people, activists also were urging immigrants to showcase their spending power by not buying anything during an economic boycott. Rallies also were planned Monday in Houston, El Paso and Austin.

Several hundred people gathered in Lexington, Ky., where demonstrators waved American flags and signs that read "We were all immigrants once," and "We are not terrorists."

In downtown South Bend, Ind., several thousand people marched.

The demonstrations Monday followed a day of rallies in 10 states. In Salt Lake City, 20,000 turned out on Sunday, far more than expected, police said, and 50,000 rallied in San Diego. Other demonstrations were held in Minnesota, New Mexico, Michigan, Iowa, Alabama, Oregon and Idaho.

With an overhaul of immigration law stalled in Congress, demonstrators urged lawmakers to help an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants settle legally in the United States.

In Birmingham, Ala., demonstrators marched along the same streets where civil rights activists clashed with police in the 1960s and rallied at a park where a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands as a reminder of the fight for equal rights and the violence that once plagued the city.

The rallies also drew counter-demonstrators.

In Salt Lake City, Jerry Owens, 59, a Navy veteran from Midway wearing a blue Minuteman T-shirt and camouflage pants, held a yellow "Don’t Tread on Me" flag.

"I think it’s real sad because these people are really saying it’s OK to be illegal aliens," Owens said. "What Americans are saying is ‘Yes, come here. But come here legally.’ And I think that’s the big problem."

What are they "immigration advocates" and what do they have to do with these demonstrations?

The bills in question would helplegal immigrants.

And I love the AP’s attempt to draw parallels with the "Civil Rights movement. Last I checked, it wasn’t against the law to be black.

Illegal aliens are in this country illegally. Yes, they are doing so because they want a better life.

That’s why most crimes are committed.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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