Skip to comments.PHOTO THREAD: Immigration demonstrations coast to coast (stark visuals show scope of the problem)
Posted on 04/11/2006 8:10:40 AM PDT by Wolfstar
Ladies and gentlemen, the scope of the out-of-countrol illegal immigration problem is more massive than even those who've been warning about it for years may have realized. The photos on this thread are only a sampling of the hundreds available from yesterday's coast-to-coast demonstrations. They are intended to show -- in stark visual terms -- the scope of what we are up against. I think they also show that, in some respects, we have already lost the arguments so many have been making. We lost with immigration "reform" in the 1960's.
More significantly, we lost in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed the first amnesty for illegal aliens in U.S. history.
Link to the full text of The Immigration Reform and Control Act (Simpson-Mazzoli Act, IRCA, Pub. L. 99-603, Nov. 6, 1986, 100 Stat. 3359)
Summary of the IRCA of 1986:
a. Authorized legalization amnesty -- for aliens who had resided in the United States in an unlawful status since January 1, 1982. Covered aliens entering illegally or as temporary visitors with authorized stay expiring before that date, or with the Governments knowledge of their unlawful status before that date, and not excludable.
b. Created sanctions prohibiting employers from knowingly hiring, recruiting, or referring for a fee aliens not authorized to work in the United States. (This provision has not been enforced.)
c. Increased enforcement at U.S. borders.
d. Created a new classification of seasonal agricultural worker and provisions for the legalization of certain such workers.
e. Extended the registry date -- the date from which an alien had resided illegally and continuously in the United States and thus qualified for adjustment to permanent resident status -- from June 30, 1948 to January 1, 1972.
f. Authorized adjustment to permanent resident status for Cubans and Haitians who entered the United States without inspection and had continuously resided in country since January 1, 1982.
g. Increased the numerical limitation for immigrants admitted under the preference system for dependent areas from 600 to 5,000 beginning in fiscal year 1988.
h. Created a new special immigrant category for certain retired employees of international organizations and their families, and a new non-immigrant status for parents and children of such immigrants.
i. Created a non-immigrant Visa Waiver Pilot program allowing certain aliens to visit the United States without applying for a non-immigrant visa.
j. Allocated 5,000 non-preference visas in each of fiscal years 1987 and 1988 for aliens born in countries from which immigration was adversely affected by the immigration reform 1965 act.
For those of you blaming all this on Republicans only, check this out:
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, center, D-Houston, speaks during an immigration rally in Guadalupe Plaza in Houston, Texas, Monday, April 10, 2006.
A protester rallies for immigration reform on the Washington Mall April 10, 2006.
Counter-protest in Tuscon
Is it better that they are waving American flags instead of Mexican? Yeah probably. But the point I got out of the demonstrators was, "My God, look at how ineffectual our government is at one of it's most important duties of protecting our borders."
Manuel Lopez, from Mexico, wears a flag during a rally at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, April 10, 2006.
Gaby Sifventes, of Durango, Mexico, waves flags next to Lupita Medina, of Mexico, as she and her cousin Erica Chavez, left from Wichita, attend an immigration rally outside City Hall in Wichita, Kan., Monday, April 10, 2006.
Demonstrators hold signs as thousands rally for immigration reform along Broadway in New York, April 10, 2006.
Wang Mei Hua, left, originally from Shanghai, China, joins a group of Chinese-Americans in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan prior to marching towards a rally against immigration reform held in front of New York's City Hall, Monday April 10, 2006.
Mexican flags carried by demonstrators on Broadway in New York City.
Leandra Ovalle, left, of Trenton, N.J., a native of Guatamala, listens to speakers at an immigrants rally at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.,
The USA has been invaded by a foreign power with the help of a treasonous fifth column of politicians and businessmen. Time to clean house.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (a Democrat) addresses demonstrators during the national day of action for U.S. immigration law reform in Los Angeles, California April 10, 2006.
Los Angeles-based Cardinal Roger Mahoney addresses demonstrators during the national day of action for U.S. immigration law reform in Los Angeles, California April 10, 2006.
This is a direct result of the executive branch doing NOTHING (Clinton & Bush) with respect to employer sanctions, and Congress (Look in the mirror McCain) staying silent until this issue has bubbled over to this. How do you deport 20 million Illegal Aliens? One at a time. After all what are taxes for? WIC vouchers for Criminal Aliens?
I agree! Unfortunately, it needs to be done on a weekend as the majority of Americans work and need the money to support our families. Let me know when you are going to organize something! :-)
Juan Carlos, originally of Mexico, holds up the flag of Mexico and the flag of the United States during an immigration rally, before taking part in a march, in San Jose, Calif., Monday, April 10, 2006.
Cecilia Moreno, left, of Cosa Rica, and Guadalupe Canchola, right, of Mexico, cheer during an immigration rally in San Francisco, Monday April 10, 2006.
Jose Quintero, a 20-year resident of San Francisco who is from Mexico, holds up a U.S. flag during an immigration rally in San Francisco, Monday April 10, 2006.
Salvador Cruz holds his sign at an immigration reform rally in Homestead, Fla. Monday, April 10, 2006.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, addresses the audience during an immigration rally in Boston, Monday, April 10, 2006.
Jazmine Aguirre, 15, left, Stephanie Gonzalez, 16, center, and Tania Estrada, 16, join a rally against immigration reform in Reno, Nev., Monday, April 10, 2006.
The organizers learned a bitter lesson from the first demonstration. The backlash made them counter-productive as Americans saw Mexican flags and saw people who didn't like the United States. The last few days' demonstration represent the miggest coup of propaganda as the organizers got hundreds of thousands of people to not do and show what's in their hearts and instead wave an American flag that they don't believe in. The reason I can say this is that the first set of demonstrations were more instantaneous and people were much more likely then to show what they were thinking. The overwhelming thought that came out was: we own this part of this country because it used to be part of Mexico.
the flag waving is all a lie. don't you get it? they caught on. Pretend to be american but they're not! They are liars and their allegiance is still to Mexico.
People say it is too expensive to round them up and ship them home. HA! bring in our military, surround them at these outings and you will catch over a million of them at one time. Boot them out. Drop them into Mexico and put guns on our border. Cap a few and see how many more come back.
Or, we can invade Mexico and make it part of the US. We'll have mucho oil and natural resources.
The point I got out of the demonstrators was...American citizens are not willing to get out in the street and counter-demonstrate in even greater numbers.
Thank you for posting the photos. I am simply overwhelmed and don't know what the answer is. I am concerned that their threatening numbers are going to cause our lawmakers to cower into granting them amnesty, otherwise, can you imagine the harm organized groups like that can do? We'd have NO way to control it! I've said before, they could cause a 'civil' war of sorts yet they aren't just located at the border, they are in great numbers everywhere!
Or, we can invade Mexico and make it part of the US. We'll have mucho oil and natural resources.
Really?! How, exactly? It would be far, far more effective for tens of millions of American citizens to demonstrate in the streets across the country. Only scenes like that would have the power of a true counterweight to what we saw yesterday.
Whatever you think about this issue, the Statue of Liberty outfit (Boston) is great.
"Immigration demonstrations" corrected to: "Illegal aliens and their accessories-after-the-fact demonstrations"
Only `free global market' libertarians define immigration as lacking basic controls, that is, our immigration laws.
It bears repeating (and as often as necessary) that foreign nationals entering the USA without permission, i.e. Mexicans `sneaking' across our border, is in violation of our laws.
Then demanding the rights of our citizens is sheer effrontery.
Either change the laws or enforce them.
And if all these people (who are not U.S. citizens) were protesting in Mexico and putting their efforts into changing their own government, maybe they wouldn't need to come to the U.S.
I don't have the power or resources necessary to organize something nationwide. The demonstrations yesterday were organized by Spanish-language radio stations, activist groups, Leftist organizations, etc. Unless comparable groups are willing to use their power and resources to help organize massive counter-demonstrations, they won't happen.
If you look at what I said in Post #1, I said it wouldn't happen. As least, by doing this photo thread, I'm doing what is within my personal abilities to do.
Round 'em up/throw 'em back over/finish the fence
Yep! Good article and the truth will (NOT) set you free by sitting.
Queen of the photo op.
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