Illegal aliens march in Chicago, get support from Blago, Gutierrez, local media
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First up, Rafael Romo of CBS 2 Chicago offers highly biased coverage in "Protesters Rally Against Illegal Immigration Bill" (cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_069125525.html). They've even got a slideshow of pictures from the party Rafael went to. (Contact info: cbs2chicago.com/contact).
Unfortunately, Rafael Romo is not telling his viewers the truth: HR 4437 wouldn't "make it a criminal act to help illegal immigrants." Nor would it "mandate criminal action against anybody who helps an illegal immigrant".
Since Rafael Romo isn't telling the truth, you can't trust his description of those he interviewed as "immigrants"; they might be and probably are illegal immigrants. While he does have a quote from the local Minuteman Project group, he doesn't look into who was marching and, just as an example, their links to foreign governments.
Then, in "Latino businesses send workers to pro-immigrant march", at least one of those businesses admits to hiring illegal aliens.
ABC's affliate offers "100,000 people rally over controversial immigration bill" from yet another reporter with a possible ethnic conflict, Theresa Gutierrez.
Like Romo, Theresa Gutierrez isn't telling the truth: HR4437 would not "make it illegal to assist any undocumented immigrant". It's a bit odd that she's not telling the truth in the same was that Romo isn't telling the truth, isn't it? Her report also has a MMP project quote and also doesn't look into the truth about the marchers.
Meanwhile, from the American side, comes blog reports like "Vignettes From The Reconquista":
I noticed this lady was crying so I asked permission to snap a photo and then asked why she was crying. She informed me that she had been working with "these folks" for a number of years and she wanted them to feel at home here.It comes complete with a presumed picture of the useful idiot.
Let me start by saying this was a very nice lady, she truly was. I'm sure those who know her would say she has an enormous heart.
But she's an idiot and indicative of a phenomena I noticed along the marches path. Upper crust white women lined the path and had a look on their faces I can only describe as a mother watching her child. It was a species of pride that galled my soul.
It was almost unbelievably arrogant, but arrogance cloaked in compassion. And this type of empty headed compassion is killing this country. We can't allow every person on the planet to enter so where do we draw the line?
Returning to the other side, two more possibly ethnically-conflicted reporters, Oscar Avila and Antonio Olivo, offer "Ethnic groups rally for immigrant rights" (link):
"As the saying goes, 'I have a dream.' Well, we have dreams, too," [a marcher] said. "African-Americans were looking for social acceptance. That is what we want, too."Obvious to most, there's a difference between someone who's ancestors were brought here hundreds of years ago and someone who snuck over the border three months ago. Obvious to everyone, of course, except for "liberals". Despite the source, the report is slightly less unbalanced than the others.
Yet another (!) ethnically-oriented reporter from CBS 2, Sylvia Gomez, offers "One Immigrant Family Talks About Their Concerns" (cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_069190026.html). It completely supports illegal immigration, and includes:
"Sometimes, people say people from here are better than Mexicans," said Gabriela Montelongo, a 3rd grader. "I tell them no, they aren't. They're the same people."OK. Now, perhaps her parents should consider abiding by our laws just like we would abide by theirs. Few Americans would try to flout the laws of Mexico, and even fewer would illegally enter Mexico then hold marches demanding rights to which they weren't entitled. Almost all Americans would consider that unthinkable.
Finally, one of the latest tactics of supporters of illegal immigration is quite inventive: they're trying to push Irish illegal aliens to the fore (suntimes.com/output/brown/cst-nws-brown091.html). Apparently the intention is to make it look like illegal aliens aren't just Mexicans, when in fact almost all of them are. And, apparently they're trying to appeal to ethnic solidarity on the part of Irish-Americans.
It probably won't work, since unlike, say, ethnically-oriented reporters, most Irish-Americans will end up putting their country ahead of their ethnicity. Now, finally, we come to the quotes from "American" politicians, taken from various of the above reports:
"Whether their names are Gutierrez or Lozano, Lipinski or Blagojevich; it doesn't matter," said Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "This is a country build by immigrants."
Mayor Richard M. Daley said: "Those who are here undocumented, we're not going to make criminals out of them. That is not what America has ever stood for and will not stand for."
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told the crowd that immigrants are here to stay, and pledged to work to block the bill.
"It is clearly a time in which we proudly here in Chicago have said enough of unfairness and bigotry and hatred against the immigrant community," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D)-Chicago.
"The city of Chicago has been built by immigrants. Our past, our present and future deals with immigrants. No one in the history of America can ever turn their backs upon immigrants this day and age," said Mayor Daley.
Noting Chicago was built by new arrivals to this country who simply wanted a share of the American Dream, Daley said, "We are not going to make criminals out of (immigrants). That is not what America has ever stood for."
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a Hispanic, drew cheers as he recognized Irish, Polish, Chinese and African-American rally participants.
"I have never been prouder to march, to show my commitment to a cause, than I have been today," Gutierrez said. "We have brought together the true fabric of what Chicago is, of what our country is."
"Raise those American flags!" shouted Gutierrez. "This is our country, and this is where we will stay."