Skip to comments.Protests could cause political problems for backers of balanced approach(may energize conservatives)
Posted on 05/01/2006 7:59:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Washington -- Organizers intended Monday's "Day without Immigrants" to prod Congress to allow the nation's 12 million illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens. But if anything, the rallies seemed to energize House foes of such a policy and put its supporters -- a bipartisan coalition in the Senate and President Bush -- on the defensive against conservatives angered by the sight of demonstrators waving Mexican flags and singing a Spanish-language version of the Star Spangled Banner.
House majority leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, denounced a resolution passed last week by the California Senate endorsing the work boycott, and he challenged House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco to do the same.
"The brazen support of California Democrats for this walkout amounts to a reckless endorsement of policies that make our nation and our borders less secure," Boehner said in a statement. "Nancy Pelosi and her Capitol Hill Democrats should explain to the American public whether they support California's Democrat leaders who defied their oath to uphold the laws of the land. If Nancy Pelosi cannot bring herself to denounce this stunt, it will serve as yet another signal of Democrats' support for open borders, weak enforcement and more illegal immigration."
Pelosi's office did not respond. ...
Richardson, the New Mexico Democratic governor, who is of Mexican heritage, called Monday's demonstrations "a distraction from what the real issue is, and that's the need for comprehensive immigration reform. And I would rather have those demonstrators go to each of the congressional offices ... and explain to their representatives how important this issue is."
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I would rather have those demonstrators go to each of the congressional offices ... and explain to their representatives how important this issue is."
Gov. Richardson, those demonstrators are not legal citizens of this country.
What right would you now bestow on them to allow them to petition elected officials for redress?
The Republicans need to wake up. The illegal immigrant lobby handed them a HUGE GIFT on a silver platter today. All they have to do is go with popular sentiment and enact a REAL anti-illegal-immigration measure, and they'll get popular support in November.
sure was nice on the freeways in L.A. today...
maybe they'll protest tomorrow too? LMAO
It isn't mentioned often, but the early Vietnam War was quite unpopular until the US commies, overpriviledged students, and draft dodgers started demonstrating.
I work on the west side of Houston, but I didn't notice a single thing different. Totally routine, and I did go out to eat at lunch.
If there was a protest here, it was invisible to me.
I've heard from people who aren't especially interested in politics who are irked by these demonstrations -- they're eager to vote for somebody who'd stand up for the law.
The illegal alien protests will energize conservatives, but then they'll just vote for the same old pro-illegal immigration Republicans. Then, if conservatives stop voting, Republicans will just move to the left, right where they were before Goldwater.
According to Gloria Molina , Democrat, CA State legislator who helped passed the resolution honoring illegal immigrants, at a speech given today in LA, she herself gave illegal immigrants the right to petition as she addressed those who came out to protest as her constituents. Even though about 100,000 were Mexican nationals .
Gloria Molina spoke to the crowd but truant from todays scheduled assembly meeting in Sacramento ,all on US tax payer expense.
It is a pretty bleak situation.
Everyone I talked to today is outraged over this entire mess. How long before the airheads in DC get the message that Americans are fed up? If they don't get the message pronto, ALL of them will be home (off their thrones) to enjoy life with the common folk.
That is what I have been hearing too. Anyone who thinks they can run this Nov. or in 2008 on the issue of giving in to the illegals' demands will get beaten like a drum. Republicans, Democrats and Independents that I have talk to are irate about the protests and want the illegals out of this country.
I think it is backfiring big-time. Watch the tap-dancing in DC. It should be fun. "Can you hear us yet?"
Send them one of these instead of a donation, using the RNC's own postage paid return envelopes!!!
Send one along to a politically like-minded relative or friend who opposes Amnesty, but doesnt visit Free Republic!!!
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The RNC will miss your money more than they will miss your vote!!! If you do not have access to a printer, then write Secure Our Borders, Stop Catering to Illegals, Then We Will Send American Dollars or something similar on your donation slip and return it to the RNC in their postage paid envelopes will work as well as sending the peso!!!
If you do want to give financially to Republicans, give only to individual candidates/politicians who support or vote to secure our borders and dont cater to illegals!!!
"The Republicans need to wake up. The illegal immigrant lobby handed them a HUGE GIFT on a silver platter today. All they have to do is go with popular sentiment and enact a REAL anti-illegal-immigration measure, and they'll get popular support in November."
The Republicans will. Unfortunately, the Ted Kennedy sycohpants who call themselves Republicans will not.
By the way: Glad to see Boehner giving more indications he's onboard with the pro-borders side.
It seems like the only weak leadership in the House on the illegal immigration issue is Hastert. Fine, as long as he stays out of it. If he tries to do any mischief, he will need to be voted out of the Speaker position.
BTW, OC was great today too!
I'm sorry to say , i think the senate will punt this until the 06 . Then being true to form they will fold.
If this El toro poo poo that has been going on, combined with the spineless leadership from the WH and congressional GOP by in large, doesn't get the message out to Constitutional conservationists, nothing will.
"America ... Where are you now?"
You got that right. The demonstrations have done more than anything else to wake up that sleeping giant, middle America.
Los inmigrantes ilegales son turds bajos de la vida.
Well I am certainly energized.
My brother and sister both big liberals have found something we all can agree on, no amnesty for illegals.
Quotes from California's immigration rallies
The Bakersfield Californian
Quotes from California's immigration rallies:
"This country needs us. We are the strong arms doing all the tough jobs." Donna Maria Mostache, 43, an illegal immigrant from Mexico protesting in Los Angeles.
"We're here. And all we're asking is fair treatment for everyone. We don't want immigrants to be criminalized." Catalina Hernandez, a protester who marched to Los Angeles City Hall with a niece and nephew.
"We pay our taxes, we obey the law, we are learning English, our lives are here." Monica de la Torre, a 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, at the Los Angeles demonstration.
"If he's even five minutes late, I worry that he'll never come home. This is in our face every day. And it's not just about Mexicans. It's about people like me. It's about all of us. It's about what it means to be American." Linnea Pierrard, 37, a teacher who attended a San Francisco rally with her husband, an illegal immigrant.
"What everyone here is doing is making themselves visible instead of being inside working in a kitchen or taking care of other people's kids - doing jobs that other people don't want to do." Daniel Gonzalez, a 25-year-old Los Angeles artist who is the son of Mexican immigrants.
"We can't have any more people come here." Police Lt. Art DeClercq in Huntington Park, where some 25,000 people jammed a park.
"I find this kind of occasion a civil exultation where people basically celebrate diversity and the multicultural essence of America." Steven Black, 44, a U.S. citizen originally from Canada, at a San Francisco rally.
"I said they are going to be with me - protesting." Ruby Martinez, explaining that she refused to write a sick note to explain her children's absence from school to attend the Los Angeles protest.
It's energized me anyway.
Wake up for what, so they can continue to bless the invasion of our country and reward the invaders with welfare and benefits that American citizens can't even get?
This isn't a liberal democrat problem, the most powerful backer of illegal aliens is President Bush, and a number of Republican Senators are for the President's "amnesty" policy. If Democrats gain office by promising to rid our country of illegals and secure our borders, then they deserve to win the elections, because that's what most Americans want to see happen.
The Republican leadership will stupidly try to court the votes of Sandinistas who are here illegally while the same Republicans tell their base to get lost. Not to be outdone, the Democrats work to secure civil rights for foreign terrorists. There must be lead in the water in Washington DC.
(Denny Crane: "Every one should carry a gun strapped to their waist. We need more - not less guns.")
I hope not!!!