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Dueling protests reflect immigration divide (Minuteman Project hits DC!)
Daily Comet ^ | 5/12/06 | SUZANNE GAMBOA

Posted on 05/12/2006 9:08:57 PM PDT by Libloather

Dueling protests reflect immigration divide
By SUZANNE GAMBOA
Associated Press Writer
May 12. 2006 10:41PM

Reflecting the American divide over immigration, protesters on both sides stood a few feet from each other near the Capitol shouting chants and exchanging accusations of racism.

The protesters were kept apart Friday by helmeted police officers who stood inside a ring of yellow police tape.

A Minuteman Project rally marked the end of a cross-country caravan by the anti-immigration group, whose members patrol the U.S.-Mexican border in search of illegal border crossers. The caravan began in Los Angeles.

Minuteman demonstrators, who numbered less than 100, castigated an immigration bill before the Senate next week that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at American citizenship.

"They are literally going to shove an amnesty down our throats," said Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist.

As the group held its hourlong rally, about 20 pro-immigrant demonstrators shouted, "No Minutemen. No KKK. No Fascist USA!" Gilchrist responded by telling the counter protesters to "Get out of my face."

The Minuteman rally was tiny compared with the pro-immigrant marches and protests held across the country in the past month.

Bud Peters, 40, of Kingman, Ariz., said it was the size of those protests that motivated him to ride his motorcycle from Kingman for Friday's rally.

"I knew (illegal immigration) was big in my state, but I didn't realize it was that bad here. It woke a lot of people up," said Peters, a general contractor who says he does not hire illegal immigrants.

On the other side, David Benzaquen, 22, who immigrated from Morocco with his parents and is now a U.S. citizen, said, "It's absolutely imperative to get amnesty for immigrants who come here. Without it, we wouldn't have the industries and economy the way we have."

A contentious debate is expected next week in the Senate, and President Bush plans to address the nation Monday night on the issue. Bush has called for a comprehensive bill that would allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. as guest workers.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: aliens; caravan; dc; divide; dueling; minuteman; minutemen; project; protests; reflect

Protesters demonstrate against a Minuteman Project during a rally on Capitol Hill Friday, May 12, 2006, (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


Supporters of the Minuteman Project during a rally on Capitol Hill Friday, May 12, 2006, (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


Minuteman Project Executive Director Steve Eichler takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill Friday, May 12, 2006, (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

C-Span has some replay coverage right now...

1 posted on 05/12/2006 9:09:02 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: doug from upland

I didn't know if you had seen this particular AP article yet. I have not.


2 posted on 05/12/2006 9:12:02 PM PDT by AZ_Cowboy ("I said raise the bar, not raze the bar.")
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To: Libloather

I'm so sick of the media and their usage of the labels "anti-immigrant," "anti-immigration" and "pro-immigrant."


3 posted on 05/12/2006 9:25:28 PM PDT by NapkinUser (http://www.vasquezforidaho.org/)
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To: Libloather
Whoa! That anti Minuteman "protester" is truly the freakin' face of hate.
4 posted on 05/12/2006 9:26:28 PM PDT by isrul
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To: NapkinUser

I did not hear anyone on the Minuteman side utter any charges of racism against the counter demonstrators.
Perhaps this "reporter" has a need to portray moral equivalence.


5 posted on 05/12/2006 9:35:45 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: Libloather

Don't be fooled, Bush is only using the National Guard to get amnesty passed.


6 posted on 05/12/2006 9:36:48 PM PDT by one more state (The old bait and switch, the guard is the bait and Mexican Amnesty is the switch.)
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To: AZ_Cowboy

Thanks.


7 posted on 05/12/2006 9:48:05 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Libloather
David Benzaquen, 22, who immigrated from Morocco with his parents and is now a U.S. citizen, said, "It's absolutely imperative to get amnesty for immigrants who come here. Without it, we wouldn't have the industries and economy the way we have."

I'm so sick of these turds and their foolish quotes that I could puke.

8 posted on 05/12/2006 9:48:31 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Libloather

"It's absolutely imperative to get amnesty for immigrants who come here. Without it, we wouldn't have the industries and economy the way we have."

Yep, the United States was an economic basket case, filled with nothing but wastrels unwilling to lift a finger, until illegal aliens crashed the border en masse, in a fit of mass altruism. /sarc


9 posted on 05/12/2006 10:17:46 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: one more state
Don't be fooled, Bush is only using the National Guard to get amnesty passed.

Proposals to put the Guard on the border could have been made at any time during the past six years. Why now?

You answered it.

10 posted on 05/12/2006 10:52:05 PM PDT by RodgerD
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To: Libloather

I saw steve eichler on abc evening news.

This guy looked and sounded like Howard Dean only from the right wing.

This is not a good thing.


11 posted on 05/12/2006 11:28:17 PM PDT by staytrue (Moonbat conservatives-those who would rather have the democrats win.)
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To: Libloather

There should have been more supporters there with the Minutemen! What a shame, as we all sit here and complain!


12 posted on 05/13/2006 3:05:05 AM PDT by lucky american (We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails)
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To: staytrue

"not a good thing"

I agree. As someone on FOX put it, he needs to have his medications adjusted.


13 posted on 05/13/2006 4:13:57 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: isrul

You bet! They are protesting because they may lose their free ride. There are plenty volunteers to escort the bums out of here.


14 posted on 05/13/2006 4:40:28 AM PDT by stopem (America is NOT Fox's employment agency!! Butt out Vincente.)
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To: one more state

The American people should hold President Bush's feet to the fire.
We have laws that apply to every American citizen, we have laws that apply to everyone entering America.
There should be no confusion as to how to handle the illegal issue, just apply the laws that apply to this situation of illegals, plain, but not simple.

Follow the laws!!!!


15 posted on 05/13/2006 5:15:17 AM PDT by buck61
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To: stopem

President Bush says there is no way we can deport 12 million people. It is just can't be done.

Mexico did.

--Ted Nugent


16 posted on 05/13/2006 8:44:20 AM PDT by Kimberly GG (Republican FOR an effectively secured border, AGAINST 'earned' amnesty)
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To: Kimberly GG

LOL :) good one!


17 posted on 05/13/2006 8:48:01 AM PDT by stopem (America is NOT Fox's employment agency!! Butt out Vincente.)
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To: RodgerD; one more state

Bump to you two! They really have contempt for our intelligence. November will tell us if we are a paper tiger country or fighters. I prefer the latter.


18 posted on 05/13/2006 5:37:21 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Immigration: Acting like dupes does not earn us their respect, but their CONTEMPT.))
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To: stopem

Ted is great : )


19 posted on 05/13/2006 5:38:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Immigration: Acting like dupes does not earn us their respect, but their CONTEMPT.))
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To: stopem

Ted is great : )


20 posted on 05/13/2006 5:38:03 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Immigration: Acting like dupes does not earn us their respect, but their CONTEMPT.))
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To: isrul
That anti Minuteman "protester" is truly the freakin' face of hate.

He has comrades here on FR.

21 posted on 05/13/2006 5:39:24 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Elsiejay
I watched some of this on C_SPAN and the pro-criminal alien crowd was calling the Minutemen a bunch of Racists. Just rude. When they had their big pro-illegal immigration rallies, no one shouted them down with a bunch of bull horns. As far as supporters of secure borders and arresting criminal aliens, well the US allows more legal immigration than the rest of the world combined. Also, it's not fair to people who have come here legally, but most importantly, illegal immigration costs me money in WIC vouchers, bilingual schooling, welfare, section 8 and health care. As far as the Minutemen being racists and vigilantes, I guess if you keep repeating a lie, some people start believing it, and if you can't win the argument, shout down your opponent.
22 posted on 05/13/2006 5:47:11 PM PDT by jackieaxe (Democrats are mired in a culture of screwing English speaking, taxpaying, law abiding citizens!)
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To: Kimberly GG; stephenjohnbanker; Borax Queen; Americanwolfsbrother; Americanwolf; nicmarlo; ...
President Bush says there is no way we can deport 12 million people. It is just can't be done.

Mexico did.

--Ted Nugent

Motor City Madman BUMP!

23 posted on 05/13/2006 5:49:30 PM PDT by kstewskis (Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.)
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To: jackieaxe
I watched some of this on C_SPAN and the pro-criminal alien crowd was calling the Minutemen a bunch of Racists. Just rude. When they had their big pro-illegal immigration rallies, no one shouted them down with a bunch of bull horns.

Considering that many of these people were never taught manners when it came to "wait your turn," like many other, law respecting, potential (and current) immigrants are, it doesn't surprise me that their lack of politeness is, well...blatant.

24 posted on 05/13/2006 5:53:20 PM PDT by kstewskis (Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.)
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To: isrul
Try these two:

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25 posted on 05/13/2006 6:01:56 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: kstewskis

bttt


26 posted on 05/13/2006 6:18:57 PM PDT by nicmarlo (Bush is the Best President Ever. Rah. Rah.)
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To: kstewskis

bump some more :)


27 posted on 05/13/2006 6:25:31 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: kstewskis
"President Bush says there is no way we can deport 12 million people. It is just can't be done."

To say the least, a misplaced statement. If we never try, we'll never know. IT CAN BE DONE: Demographically, the largest body of illegal immigrants, from namely Mexico are located in California and Texas. If deportation were start in those two states, you can bet, millions will find their own way South to the border they sneaked over...LIKE FAST

The only foreseeable problem could be, Mexico having a flood of it's own to care for along their Northern borders. Could you ever imagine seeing, El Presidente V. Fox welcoming all of those people back home.

28 posted on 05/13/2006 6:54:30 PM PDT by Smartass (Vaya con Dios)
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To: Smartass
The only foreseeable problem could be, Mexico having a flood of it's own to care for along their Northern borders. Could you ever imagine seeing, El Presidente V. Fox welcoming all of those people back home.

I almost had a quick, fleeting thought of Vincente building HIS wall along the Northern border as fast as he could!

29 posted on 05/13/2006 7:03:22 PM PDT by kstewskis (Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.)
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To: kstewskis

:o)


30 posted on 05/13/2006 7:08:52 PM PDT by Smartass (Vaya con Dios)
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To: kstewskis

"I almost had a quick, fleeting thought of Vincente building HIS wall along the Northern border as fast as he could!"

LMAO.....I was thinking the same thing! The mexican military would be all along that border so fast our heads would spin!


31 posted on 05/14/2006 2:11:47 AM PDT by Kimberly GG (Republican FOR an effectively secured border, AGAINST 'earned' amnesty)
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To: one more state

"Don't be fooled, Bush is only using the National Guard to get amnesty passed."


Love your tagline! I've a tiny bit of hope for Monday, but am expecting the worst. Can he not see that to offer one as an appeasement for passing the other is only going to enrage us further?


32 posted on 05/14/2006 2:23:36 AM PDT by Kimberly GG (Republican FOR an effectively secured border, AGAINST 'earned' amnesty)
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To: RodgerD

"Proposals to put the Guard on the border could have been made at any time during the past six years. Why now?"

As soon as the word was out, some Dems started ranting about Bush 'using the military for political gain", because his numbers are so low.

I don't mind him using them temporarily while a wall is built, but I don't think I'll settle for less than a wall and that doesn't mean a 'virtual' wall.


33 posted on 05/14/2006 2:27:04 AM PDT by Kimberly GG (Republican FOR an effectively secured border, AGAINST 'earned' amnesty)
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To: Libloather
immigrants who come here

The guy ought to try peddling his snake oil to Canada--I am sure they would love a few million Mexican immigrants to "come there".

;-)
34 posted on 05/14/2006 2:36:12 AM PDT by cgbg (Should traitors live long enough to have book deals?)
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