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Illegal immigration supporters split over May 1 boycott

Rachel Swarns of the New York Times informs us in "Immigrant Groups Plan Campaign to Bring Legal Changes" that:

1. There's a split among illegal immigration supporters. Some groups continue to support the "Great American Boycott of 2006", while others, including those in the "National Capital Immigration Coalition", oppose the boycott.

2. The illegal immigration-supporting groups plan to "transform the immigrant community into a powerful, organized political force" and plan to encourage voting by "immigrants".

Regarding the second, "immigrants" can't vote. Only native-born or naturalized citizens can vote. In fact, the whole report from Rachel Swarns is so full of the use of inaccurate or imprecise terms that it's little more than an attempt to mislead their readers.

Consider, for instance, this paragraph:

The debate over how to harness the emerging immigrant activism comes as politicians, church leaders and advocacy groups continue to marvel at the large numbers of immigrants, most of them Hispanic, who have turned out in recent weeks to demonstrate against a House bill, which was passed in December, that would criminalize illegal immigrants and those who help them.

Almost all - not "most" - of those marching were Hispanic, and most of those were Mexican citizens or Mexican-Americans. And, the assertion that HR4437 would "criminalize... those who help [illegal immigrants]" is not entirely accurate: that help would need to be provided knowingly or recklessly.

The WaPo offers a similar report in "Fearing Backlash, Some Immigration Activists Aren't Backing Boycott" by Darryl Fears.

Those apparently in the National Capital Immigration Coalition include:

* Casa de Maryland, which was recently involved in a bit of a kerfluffle. According to Gustavo Torres: "We are going to target [the Minuteman Project members] in a specific way... [by taking their own pictures]... Then we are going to picket their houses, and the schools of their kids, and go to their work

* The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, which allegedly has collaborated with the Mexican government.

* The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which was also apparently involved in a smear against Jim Oberweis.

Needless to say, neither the NYT nor the WaPo provide any background on the groups that they feature.

We're also informed that CHIRLA - alleged at the link above to have collaborated with the Mexican government - is going to try to get illegal aliens to perform community service as a way of softening you up:

"It is critical for us, that we really, as we move forward, take actions that are embraced by the American public, that touch the hearts and minds of the American public, that they get to know us, that they understand who we are," [Anjelica Salas, executive director of CHIRLA] said at a news conference here.

If the NYT or the WaPo ever decide to tell the truth about immigration matters, most Americans might indeed understand exactly who all those groups are.

2/15/11 UPDATE: An image from the NCIC is attached. See the National Capital Immigrant Coalition page for the backstory.

Immigration · Thu, 04/20/2006 - 07:39 · Importance: 4

Sun, 07/02/2006 - 07:36
Jerry Swagerty

Coming to this Country and finding welfare for support has far passed the patience of legal hard working citizens of these United States. Opportunity is not a free ride, it's a participation of yourself first.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 13:17
Marlon

This is a country of laws. It is very simple people who steal their way in the country are crminals. People that don't want to follow the laws are not wanted in the country of laws. Plus if you listen to these people they don't want to be just Americans they want to take this counrty over. What rights to law breakers have? None!!!!!

Thu, 04/27/2006 - 09:19
Veronica

DID EVERONE JUST FORGET WHO THEY REALLY ARE? I MEAN LOOK AT YOUR FAMLIY LINE I'M MEAN YOU REALLY ARE SO PROUD OF THE PERSON YOU ARE, DIDN'T SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE YOU OR YOU MOTHER OR GRANDMOTHER COME TO AMERICA ILLEGALY? DIDN'T YA? THINK ABOUT IT. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DECIDED TO PUT LAW IN ABOUT IMMAGRATION AFTER THE FACT, HOW DID THE GET HERE? COLUMBIS MMMMM AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT FOLLOWED DIDN'T THEY COME THEW THE SEAS? DIDN'T THEY. PERSONALLY MOSTLY EVEYONE IS HERE TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE, THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH WHATEVER TO GET HERE, JUST LIKE EVERONE ELES, EXCEPT THE NATIVES, SO WHY ARE PEOPLE HATE-ING AMERICA IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE BEST COUNRTY UNTIED WE STAND IN GOD WE TRUST, SO I THOUGHT SO.

Posted by: Vero at April 27, 2006 10:35 AM

Thu, 04/20/2006 - 16:16
Fred Dawes

its just about right for the red's to have a may-day rally, after all mexico is on the side of the Red's in ALL AREAS OF THE WORLD'S POLITICAL SYSTEM'S.

I think that most of the mexican lefitst love the ideals of red china and other red nations.

Thu, 04/20/2006 - 12:29
Smitty

Commie May day for illegals was a bad idea, the leftist organizers and their ego got in the way, they assumed everyone who wanted citizenship was an "idiot lefitst commie" and would cluelessly join their commie holiday and "go along with the program", I think they were mistaken.

Even the brain dead alien protestors don't want to associate themselves with commies.

Only a simpleton or criminal would protest & march with a bunch of commies.