Deepak Bhargava/Center for Community Change on SOTU/immigration
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Speaking apparently on behalf of all "immigrant communities" in the U.S., Deepak Bhargava, the Executive Director of the far-left Center for Community Change, responds thusly to the immigration section of Bush's SOTU:
In 2006, Congress used 'immigration' to drag our nation through one of the most racially divisive political campaigns in recent memory and the Bush Administration embarked on a campaign of highly publicized workplace raids displacing thousands of families in the name of "getting tough" on immigration... For immigrant communities, actions speak louder than words: humane and comprehensive immigration reform can begin to heal the breach.
Now I'm confused. Isn't stepped-up enforcement supposed to be a part of immigration "reform"? After we get "reform", won't illegal aliens - for instance, those who couldn't make it into the "guest" worker scheme - continue to be arrested and deported? In that case, can anyone imagine Bhargava saying anything different? Are we supposed to believe that after "reform" Bhargava will start supporting immigration enforcement, including raids?
We're also informed that the coalition FIRM ("Fair Immigration Reform Movement") will be meeting in D.C. next week to plan ahead, apparently for more marches. FIRM is part of the We Are America Alliance.
We're also informed of this perhaps ominous news:
"Millions stand ready to mobilize for justice. While President Bush and Congressional leaders have expressed sincere intentions this year, immigrant communities are taking nothing for granted. We are preparing to work harder than ever to ensure that President Bush lives up to his promise and that the new Congress performs differently from the old one."
When I first read the first sentence above, it seemed like a threat to me. The following sentences soften it somewhat, but one wonders how it was meant to come across.