Immigration: This is the American version of trying to get Iran not to proceed with its nuke program. Its all over but the shouting as illegals demand they get rights they do not deserve unless they went thru the process like everyone else. Between the gutless GOP and the pandering Dems, why bother playing by the rules, game the damn system.
|A group of eight middle schoolers from Edgar Allen Poe in Annandale also walked out of class in protest. They returned shortly after a discussion with the principal, school officials said.
Holding posters that read in Spanish "We want rights" and waving Salvadoran and Mexican flags, Freedom students and some from other high schools in Prince William County demonstrated peacefully outside the school from about 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. while police and school administrators observed.
There were no arrests.
Students said they organized the protest by posting bulletins on the Web site http://myspace.com/ .
"Let's see [what would happen] if Hispanics stop working for a day!" yelled Anthony Lemus, 16, a Freedom student.
"We'd have the crash of 1929," Yesenia Rivas, 15, shot back.
School officials who were watching the demonstration praised the students for being so orderly. "This is tremendously important to them. Everybody here knows or is related to an illegal immigrant," said Rae Darlington, associate superintendent of Prince William's school system.
Freedom's principal, Dorothy McCabe, said: "I'm so proud of them. They have a cause and know their rights."
No special punishments will be meted out for cutting class, McCabe said. Students who participated will receive warnings, detention or suspension, depending on their behavior record. |
Your public school system at work.
Mexico is happy we are legalizing their people.
|MEXICO CITY - Mexicans cheered the proposal approved Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee to legalize undocumented migrants and provide temporary work visas, and credited huge marches of migrants across the United States as the decisive factor behind the vote.
Mexican President Vicente Fox said the vote was the result of five years of work dating to the start of his presidential term in 2000, and puts Mexico one step closer toward the government's goal of "legalization for everyone" who works in the United States.
"My recognition and respect for all the Hispanics and all the Mexicans who have made their voice heard," Fox said. "We saw them turn out this weekend all across the United States, and that's going to count for a lot as we move forward."
Some Mexican media outlets were even more euphoric, predicting final approval for the committee bill as drafted, and suggesting the weekend demonstrations showed Mexico still holds some sway over former territories which it lost in the 1846-48 Mexican-American War.
"With all due respect to Uncle Sam, this shows that Los Angeles has never stopped being ours," reporter Alberto Tinoco said on the Televisa television network's nightly news broadcast, referring to a Saturday march in Los Angeles that drew an estimated 500,000, mainly Mexicans. |
They respect America as an ATM.
DJs in LA were behind the reason for the massive turnout in Los Angeles
|"The strong advocacy of the disc jockeys and other Spanish-language media contrasted sharply with other outlets, said Felix Gutierrez, a journalism professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication.
"The Latino media played it more as how will this affect you, how will it affect your job, how will it affect your kids," Gutierrez said. "They were much closer to their audience, in terms of the direct effect."
Gutierrez lauded the organization behind the event and contrasted it with the angrier assemblies of the Chicano movement of the 1960s, in which he was a media liaison.
By comparison, Saturday's rally was festive, featuring kazoos, mariachi music, cotton candy and families with children. "The messages I heard last week was show up, bring your family, bring your children, don't get pulled into violence, there may be people trying to provoke you," Gutierrez said.
Meanwhile, Diaz and Rodriguez planned to announce today their next major action: a call to boycott work, school and all consumer activities May 1. They are calling it "The Great American Boycott of 2006."