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.
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