California State Senate supports foreign citizens marching in our streets
In a shocking - but not surprising - move, the California State Senate has endorsed the May 1 illegal immigration boycott and march: SCR113. This isn't suprising considering that many California legislators frequently act more like their Mexican counterparts. It's only shocking that they would be so bold and that the resolution would be so utterly dishonest.
The full text of SCR 113 is included in the extended entry, and it conflates illegal aliens making a show of force with the civil rights movement, Arnold Schwarzenegger being elected governor, (presumably) legal immigrants who work and own businesses in Silicon Valley, and legal immigration in general.
Hopefully someone else will weigh in on what possible recourse there is in this matter. If a state senate stops representing that state and begins in effect supporting the agenda of a foreign government, could the federal government declare the state senate invalid in some way?
Note also that it passed 24-13 along party lines. Since Democrats voted for this, every Democratic Party leader should be asked whether they support the actions of their members.
And, even though they weren't going to be in session on Monday, the Assembly Democrats still wanted to collect their per-diem.
Sen. Gloria Romero says the boycott "is to educate people in California and across the United States about the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy... I ask us to simply recognize the existence of new Americans." And, from the next link: "It's one day ... for immigrants to tell the country peacefully, 'We matter ... (we're) not invisible'".
Sen. Martha Escutia: "Perhaps we ought to recognize the great American secret. We all rely on the labor of someone who is here illegally, and in essence we all become co-conspirators."
There are more quotes in the AP's "State Senate Supports Immigrant Walkout On Monday":
Sen. Gil Cedillo: likened the debate over immigrant rights to the fights over slavery, women's suffrage, the internment of Japanese during World War II, and the Vietnam War.
Sen. Richard Alarcon says: America wouldn't have been created without illegal action... "They dumped a bunch of tea in Boston harbor, illegally. God bless them."
Sen. Nell Soto: recalled watching as a child as immigration police swept up brown-skinned farmworkers, "not even asking if they were legal or illegal."
See also "California's Racial Iceberg" for more on California's problem with "American" politicians.
Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Joe Coto
Coauthor: Sen. Liz Figueroa
Coauthors: Assembly Members Rudy Bermudez, Ronald S. Calderon, Jenny Oropeza, Lori Saldana, Alberto Torrico
WHEREAS, May 1, 2006, is declared "The Great American Boycott 2006"
WHEREAS, The United States has a tradition of historic boycotts,
including the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott that galvanized the
African-American community and resulted in the landmark 1956 United
States Supreme Court ruling against segregation; and
WHEREAS, The Great American Boycott 2006 observes that tradition
and is intended to draw attention to the contributions of immigrants
to the nation's economy, including $4.5 billion in state taxes in
California each year, and more than $30 billion in federal taxes; and
WHEREAS, Immigrants and their children comprise nearly half of the
population in this state and live in virtually all 58 counties in
California. More than one-quarter of all California residents are
foreign born, a rate higher than any other state in the country; and
WHEREAS, Immigrants participate in the workforce at rates higher
than the national average. Ninety percent of Latino and Asian male
immigrants are employed; and
WHEREAS, Immigrants comprise approximately one-third of the labor
force in California and figure prominently in key economic sectors in
California, including agriculture, manufacturing, and services; and
WHEREAS, Immigrants provide leadership and labor for the expansion
of California's growing economic sectors, from agriculture,
telecommunications, and information technology to health services and
housing construction; and
WHEREAS, Immigrants are among California's most productive
entrepreneurs and have created jobs for tens of thousands of
Californians. In San Jose alone, immigrant owners of technology
companies created more than 58,000 jobs and generated more than $17
billion in sales during the late 1990s; and
WHEREAS, The average immigrant-headed household in California
contributes over $2,600 annually to federal Social Security, $539
more than the national average; and
WHEREAS, Nearly 40 percent of California's foreign-born residents
are United States citizens; and
WHEREAS, There are currently 2.7 million immigrants in this state
who are eligible for naturalization, 3.3 million are legal permanent
residents, and millions more will soon be eligible for
WHEREAS, California elected an immigrant to the highest post in
the State of California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the most
recent gubernatorial election; and
WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of California recognizes that The
Great American Boycott 2006 is to educate people in California and
across the United States about the tremendous contribution immigrants
make on a daily basis to our society and economy; now, therefore, be
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That May 1, 2006, be recognized as The Great
American Boycott 2006; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for distribution.