"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Illegal Immigrant groups plan long walk to Batavia

Here is an interesting activity that one can take part in on Labor Day Weekend...

Today's Chicago Sun-Times reports on a planned 47 mile walk:

Immigrant rights advocates plan to walk 47 miles of city and suburban sidewalks to become a moving reminder that "La lucha sigue" -- the struggle continues -- for comprehensive immigration reform.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, along with organizers of recent Chicago immigration marches, are planning the Immigrant Workers Justice Walk from Chinatown to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's Batavia office over Labor Day weekend. They're demanding legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
DEMANDING????????? It seems that "demanding" hasn't really worked to their advantage in this endeavor.

'We want to end hypocrisy'

Joshua Hoyt, ICIRR executive director, says the millions of immigrants who contribute to the U.S. economy's prosperity need relief.

"We want to end the hypocrisy of not including people who give their sweat and hard work for our American dream," Hoyt said. "There's no more appropriate time to do that than on this holiday that celebrates hard work."

No, I don't think they want to end hypocrisy as much as replace it with their own....

Marchers are tentatively scheduled to step off from Chinatown at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, and arrive at Hastert's office in Batavia around 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4.

Hastert spokesman Brad Hahn said he wasn't sure whether the speaker would be there to receive them.

"He understands the depth of emotion on all sides of this issue, and he encourages people to move above emotion and come together to move forward," Hahn said. "This is not about who can yell the loudest or attract the most people to a rally. The real activity is what's going on to try to secure our borders and get legislation passed. That's where the focus should be."

Gabe Gonzalez, regional organizer for the Center for Community Change, is gearing up for a logistical labyrinth. He plans on as many as 500 people to march from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, with supporters joining in intermittently along the route.

So far, no firm commitments have been made by communities along the proposed route for marchers' eating, bathroom or sleeping needs.

"We're trying to hook up with churches and mosques [along the route] to allow us room to sleep and hopefully a shower in the morning," said Gonzalez, "and we'll work with the police departments to be orderly and safe.

"A whole lot of this is really up in the air," Gonzalez said. "I know we're only twenty-something days days away and there's a lot to be resolved, but we have faith."

I don't know about you, but I've had just about enough of the hypcrisy of the arguments to legalize the illegal.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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