Friday, May 13, 2005

Latino leaders seeing immigration downside

Much has been made about the MinuteMan Project. Most of it from the MSM negative. They have been called racists and other things. The ACLU was more worried about those coming into this country illegally then they were and are about American citizens. To hear the reporting, one would have the impression that those of Spanish heritage are all upset over the MinuteMen. That is not, however the truth of the matter. Of course, the MSM only prints the viewpoints goups such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is an advocate of an open border. The San Diego Union-Tribune has an editorial on this issue.

"The truth is that the vast majority of U.S-born Latinos oppose illegal immigration and support calls for increased border enforcement. But you would never know it from listening to professional advocacy groups such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization. Or from the public comments and legislative priorities of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, made up of the 21 members of Congress who are of Hispanic descent. In fact, much of what they have had to say on the issue comes close to advocating an open border.

That's troubling. One, the idea of an open border isn't wise or workable, especially after Sept. 11, 2001. And two, what good are these groups if they don't represent the people they claim?"
Indeed it would seem that they are representing illegals instead of those that are citizens or here legally. It stands to reasonthat US born Latinos would support stopping illegal immigratuion. After all they are concerned citizens, who can see the pitfalls of illegals. The MinuteMen plan on heading for California soon. They will likely get the same reception they did in Arizona by those that support illegal immigration. The ACLU no doubt will be there to protect the "rights" of the illegals trying o get into this country.
"The volunteers won't get a warm welcome from Assemblywoman Lori Salda×a, D-San Diego, who recently helped organize a rally downtown of nearly 100 people condemning Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for praising the Minutemen. No fan of private patrols, Salda×a called for more funding for the U.S. Border Patrol and even launched a petition asking the governor to support "trained, professional law enforcement officers" as "the best way to provide a safe and secure border for everyone."

That stance put Salda×a at odds with Latino activists who have criticized the Border Patrol and who don't seem to be willing to support anything other than an open border. The activists are wrong, and Salda×a is right. What's more, she's not alone.

Just a few hours after the rally, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia delivered the keynote address at a luncheon downtown honoring the Chicano Federation of San Diego County, a nonprofit community-based organization. Murguia said her group wants to ensure that immigrants in this country – including illegal immigrants – are treated with dignity but that it had no quarrel with the right of the United States to "decide who enters the country, and who doesn't" through both border and workplace enforcement efforts.

That is good to hear. And we can't help but think that one reason we're hearing it is because Latino leaders have glimpsed the alternative – lawn chairs and all – and they don't like what they see."
Well it is nice that some one respects the sovereignty of the United States. The lefists and the ACLU seem not to. This will be interesting to see how it plays out. - Sailor

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