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Thread: Massive pro immigrantion rally in D.C

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    SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE: Protestors march on Capitol to oppose immigration bill
    By M.E. SPRENGELMEYER
    Scripps Howard News Service
    March 07, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of immigrant workers rallied outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday,
    protesting what they consider hateful legislation targeting illegal immigration.
    A coalition of labor unions, churches and community groups organized the rally against H.R. 4437, a strict
    border-control and immigration enforcement bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives late last
    year.
    The legislation calls for building a new security fence along portions of the U.S.-Mexico border and
    toughens penalties against both illegal immigrants and the people who employ them.
    "Immigrants do not want to be political scapegoats. We're tired of that," union organizer Jaime Contreras,
    of the Service Employees International Union, told a sea of people standing below the Capitol steps.
    Contreras said he came to the country illegally from El Salvador as a teenager, later became a citizen and
    served in the military.
    Speakers denounced the enforcement-focused House bill, just as the U.S. Senate has started crafting a
    different version that is likely to include a guest-worker program granting legal status to many of the
    estimated 12 million people who entered the country illegally.
    The rally opened with a prayer, read in both Spanish and English, accusing those who backed the
    enforcement-only bill of being "atheists," because it ignores Biblical passages that talk about the need to
    welcome strangers.
    The speaker said he was praying for unnamed members of Congress "because they have become atheists,
    because if they were Christians they would not have this kind of law."
    That offended Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican who leads the Congressional Immigration
    Reform Caucus and is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
    "It goes to show how mean-spirited this debate has gotten," Tancredo spokesman Will Adams said
    Tuesday. "They say if you want tougher border security . . . that somehow you're against God. That's
    radical speech. That doesn't represent the vast majority of believers in this country."
    In a written statement, Tancredo denounced the SEIU for bussing illegal immigrants to attend the rally.
    "Mass illegal labor drives down the wages of legal workers," Tancredo said. "But instead of defending
    American workers, the SEIU sees illegal labor as its salvation. The rally goes to show how much labor
    unions have sold out the American worker."
    The crowd at the rally stretched from the Capitol steps to the nearby reflecting pool, covering most of the
    same grassy areas that are crowded every four years for the presidential inauguration. Surveying the crowd,
    Sen. **** Durbin, D-Ill., called it the most impressive crowd he has seen in all his years in Congress.

    But Tancredo said the presence of so many presumed illegal immigrants sent a different message.
    "If anything," Tancredo said, "the protestors should remind Congress of how poorly our laws are being
    enforced, and how much we should step up enforcement."
    (E-mail sprengelmeyerm(at)shns.com or visit www.shns.com.)

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    SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE: Protestors march on Capitol to oppose immigration bill
    By M.E. SPRENGELMEYER
    Scripps Howard News Service
    March 07, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of immigrant workers rallied outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday,
    protesting what they consider hateful legislation targeting illegal immigration.
    A coalition of labor unions, churches and community groups organized the rally against H.R. 4437, a strict
    border-control and immigration enforcement bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives late last
    year.
    The legislation calls for building a new security fence along portions of the U.S.-Mexico border and
    toughens penalties against both illegal immigrants and the people who employ them.
    "Immigrants do not want to be political scapegoats. We're tired of that," union organizer Jaime Contreras,
    of the Service Employees International Union, told a sea of people standing below the Capitol steps.
    Contreras said he came to the country illegally from El Salvador as a teenager, later became a citizen and
    served in the military.
    Speakers denounced the enforcement-focused House bill, just as the U.S. Senate has started crafting a
    different version that is likely to include a guest-worker program granting legal status to many of the
    estimated 12 million people who entered the country illegally.
    The rally opened with a prayer, read in both Spanish and English, accusing those who backed the
    enforcement-only bill of being "atheists," because it ignores Biblical passages that talk about the need to
    welcome strangers.
    The speaker said he was praying for unnamed members of Congress "because they have become atheists,
    because if they were Christians they would not have this kind of law."
    That offended Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican who leads the Congressional Immigration
    Reform Caucus and is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
    "It goes to show how mean-spirited this debate has gotten," Tancredo spokesman Will Adams said
    Tuesday. "They say if you want tougher border security . . . that somehow you're against God. That's
    radical speech. That doesn't represent the vast majority of believers in this country."
    In a written statement, Tancredo denounced the SEIU for bussing illegal immigrants to attend the rally.
    "Mass illegal labor drives down the wages of legal workers," Tancredo said. "But instead of defending
    American workers, the SEIU sees illegal labor as its salvation. The rally goes to show how much labor
    unions have sold out the American worker."
    The crowd at the rally stretched from the Capitol steps to the nearby reflecting pool, covering most of the
    same grassy areas that are crowded every four years for the presidential inauguration. Surveying the crowd,
    Sen. **** Durbin, D-Ill., called it the most impressive crowd he has seen in all his years in Congress.

    But Tancredo said the presence of so many presumed illegal immigrants sent a different message.
    "If anything," Tancredo said, "the protestors should remind Congress of how poorly our laws are being
    enforced, and how much we should step up enforcement."
    (E-mail sprengelmeyerm(at)shns.com or visit www.shns.com.)

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    Sen. **** Durbin, D-Ill., called it the most impressive crowd he has seen in all his years in Congress.

    WOW,those guys are on a roll..How can they mobolize so many people to protest in the streets??!! This is the final stretch.

    Even american ciizen are taking the streets in favor of the undocumented migrants...Thousands and thousands are taking the sreets state wide to denounce this anti immigration sentiment..Lets keep it going guys, GOD is on our side.

  4. #4

    I would bet 1000 against 1 that albatross23 is in anti-immigrant camp.

  5. #5
    [quote]Sen. **** Durbin, D-Ill., called it the most impressive crowd he has seen in all his years in Congress.

    Is derbin serious??? his is such a powerfull statement..Chicago saw 100,000 pro immigrants protesters take the streets..The police were shocked by how immense the crowd was.

    100,000 people WOW WOW!!!

  6. #6
    Life is much simpler than it seems.

  7. #7
    I beleive that they will be a civil war inside the US if an enforcement-only bill were to be enacted..Those lawmakers has to think long before proceeding to such an extreme ideology...Churches all over america is telling people to denounce the house bill..We have hospital, police officers , judges protesting the bill because it will put too much load on their shoulders.

    Can you even imagine that even cops are telling the lawmakers that they arent ready to chase 12 million migrants instead of focusing on the real criminal..They do no have the man power to do so.

  8. #8
    COPs, in theory, could chase any number of illegals they wanted.
    But what the COP is supposed to do with such an "illegal alien" after detaining ?
    Yes, he must transfer detainee to DHS within a short period of time.
    So, it's actually DHS - not COPs, who lack the resources to detain and deport 12 mln people.
    And COPs generally opposed to this because they are not too eager to take upon their shoulders enforcement of Federal Immigration Law (it should also be noted that number of States have already passed laws or mandated the Police departments to chase and detain illegal aliens).

    There will be no Civil War. Simply put, there will still remain millions of illegal aliens here, in absence of massive enforcement (due to lack of resourses - not laws!).
    Then there will be a call for even "tougher" immigration laws. Yet still millions will remain.
    And so on, until finally the number of nuclear families separated and destroyed becomes large enough so it can't be ignored anylonger, until hardships caused to great number of individual immigrants are big enough to make it to news, documentaries and even motion pictures (who knows )...

    Those will be different times.. and upon that time nothing less of a "FULL AMNESTY" will pass.
    Then all these "Bad, Dirty, Crooked, Imbecile" illegal immigrants will magically be integrated and assimilated.

    And some 30-40 years later people (including the descendants of todays' illegal immigrants) will seek for another Scape-Goat.

    I think it's almost like mythological, religious sacrifice/ritual that happens every 30-50 years, whereby people project the worse things in their own sub-conscious to some "other group" and then set-out to destroy it ( used to be "blacks", "jews", "italians" and now it's "illegal immigrants").

  9. #9
    Senator Durbin might consider that most of the people who were marching are either here in violation of U.S. law, or are related to someone who is, and are protesting enforcement of our immigration laws. He might also consider that these illegal aliens don't seem to be at all worried about being arrested for demonstrating, which sends a strong signal of how poorly our laws are being enforced.

    Senator Durbin might also consider that most of these people do not vote (legally), cannot vote unless legalized, and won't be legalized because most Americans don't want it, and they do vote.

    Also, the march didn't get much play in the media, which shows how much interest there wasn't among Americans in general.

  10. #10
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    http://www.senate.gov/member/il/durb....cfm?id=233486

    DURBIN PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR FAIR IMMIGRATION POLICIES

    Wednesday, February 16, 2005

    Durbin reiterated his support for fair immigration laws. "The Administration needs to realize that the deportation of millions of hard-working immigrants is not a viable way to address security concerns," Durbin said. "We can be tough on terrorism without unfairly targeting our immigrant population."


    ---------------------

    http://www.senate.gov/member/il/durb...s2.cfm?code=IM

    Immigration:

    Senator Durbin is a strong supporter of fair and tough immigration laws. He believes that immigration reform is an urgent priority for our nation because our immigration system is broken. It harms our national security and our economy and treats hard-working immigrants, especially immigrant children, unfairly.

    Durbin opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants. He believes people who work hard, contribute to our economy and, and respect the law should have the opportunity to earn legal status. He has worked to ensure U.S. laws are tough on terrorism without unfairly targeting our immigrant population.

    Durbin has sponsored the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, a narrowly-tailored, bipartisan bill that would provide immigration relief to a select group of students who grew up in the United States, have good moral character, and are pursuing a college education or have enlisted in the military. The DREAM Act would also return to states the authority to determine whether to grant in-state tuition to state residents regardless of immigration status.

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