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Posted: 3/24/2006 5:55:59 PM EDT
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/24/immigration.protest.ap/index.html

Immigration bills send protesters to city streets
Demonstrations held in Arizona, California, Georgia and Wisconsin

Friday, March 24, 2006; Posted: 9:41 p.m. EST (02:41 GMT)
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Thousands of people across the country protested Friday against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants, with demonstrators in several cities, including Phoenix, Los Angeles, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, staging school walkouts, marches and work stoppages.

Congress is considering bills that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border. The proposals have angered many Hispanics.

The Los Angeles demonstration led to fights between black and Hispanic students at one high school, but the protests were largely peaceful, authorities said.

Chantal Mason, a sophomore at George Washington Preparatory High, said black students started a scuffle with Hispanic students as they left classes to take part in a protest.

"It was horrible, horrible," Mason said. "It's ridiculous that a bunch of black students would jump on Latinos like that, knowing they're trying to get their freedom."

One black and one Hispanic student interceded to calm their classmates and help restore order, said Los Angeles district spokeswoman Monica Carazo.

In Phoenix, police said 20,000 demonstrators marched to the office of Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, co-sponsor of a bill that would give illegal immigrants up to five years to leave the country. The turnout clogged major thoroughfares in what officials said was one of the largest protests in the city's history. People also protested outside Kyl's Tucson office.

Kyl pointed out that most were speaking out against the House bill making it a felony to be an illegal immigrant, not his bill, which would also step up border enforcement and create a temporary guest-worker program.

"They should be pleased that the Senate is probably going to address this in a much more comprehensive way," Kyl told the Tucson Citizen newspaper during a meeting with its editorial board.

In Los Angeles, more than 2,700 students from at least eight high schools and junior high schools walked out, district officials said. Some carried Mexican flags as they walked down the streets, police cruisers behind them.

Some of the students visited other high schools, trying to encourage additional students to join their protest, but some schools were locked down to keep students from leaving, Carazo said.

In Georgia, activists said tens of thousands of workers did not show up at their jobs Friday after calls for a work stoppage to protest a bill passed by the Georgia House on Thursday.

That bill, which has yet to gain Senate approval, would deny state services to adults living in the U.S. illegally and impose a 5 percent surcharge on wire transfers from illegal immigrants.

Supporters say the Georgia measure is vital to homeland security and frees up limited state services for people legally entitled to them. Opponents say it unfairly targets workers meeting the demands of some of the state's largest industries.

Teodoro Maus, an organizer of the Georgia protest, estimated as many as 80,000 Hispanics did not show up for work. About 200 converged on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, some wrapped in Mexican flags and holding signs reading: "Don't panic, we're Hispanic" and "We have a dream, too."

Jennifer Garcia worried what the proposal would do to her family. She said her husband is an illegal Mexican immigrant.

"If they send him back to Mexico, who's going to take care of them and me?" Garcia said of herself and her four children. "This is the United States. We need to come together and be a whole."

In Cleveland, Ohio, about 100 protesters stood on the City Hall steps, waving Mexican flags and holding signs written in English and Spanish, and calling on Congress to create laws that respect immigrants as workers.

"This bill is anti-American," said David Quintan, 57, of Chile, who has lived in the United States for 30 years. "It's discriminatory not only to Latinos but to all immigrants. They're coming to work, not to steal or do terrorism. We are just workers."


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well, you now see the talking points the illegal-lovers will use as they sell out America and turn it into Mexico del Norte. Thanks a lot, Jorge Boosh.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 5:59:27 PM EDT
Anyone who would protest the defense of our borders is:

1) Nuts
2) A traitor
3) Possibly an illeagle
4) A overall wothless POS

IMHO.......
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:00:11 PM EDT
Dupe.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:01:06 PM EDT
this shit pisses me off...... if they're so uptight about mexico, then why don't they move back to that fucking shithole?
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:01:20 PM EDT
I aint got a problem with having our 3d war agin the mexicans
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:08:32 PM EDT
We could close the border if we wanted to.

.gov will never allow us to have a secure southern flank.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:20:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By spartacus2002:


Friday, March 24, 2006; Posted: 9:41 p.m. EST (02:41 GMT)
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP)

<Snip> Congress is considering bills that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border. <Snip>


Allow me to translate:

*The House is in the process of sitting around with its collective thumb up its ass like it has been doing for the past 20 years.

*The Senate is in the process of appropriating $600 million earmarked toward a study of how to make sure that the House's thumb is positioned properly in its ass. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has called for funding to build a monument on the D.C. mall depicting a latino, a black man, and a white man standing side by side with their thumbs in each other's asses while looking toward the Lincoln Memorial. Said 19 year old Tushy Plushbottom, Frist's University of Tennesse undergraduate intern, "It symbolizes that our country is made of immigrants and stuff [sic]! Oh, and I'd like to give a shout out to Echo_Hotel for writng us all those mean and funny letters!"

*President Jorge Bush's press secretary, Scott McClellan, stated that Bush, "Feels the thumb-in-ass issue is important and, once taken under advisement, should promote an interesting debate."


Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:21:15 PM EDT
Well, we could always just invade them and annex the place. Kill all the druggies and stuff.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:34:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2006 6:34:35 PM EDT by Turnkey]

Originally Posted By spartacus2002:


Friday, March 24, 2006; Posted: 9:41 p.m. EST (02:41 GMT)
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP)

<Snip> Congress is considering bills that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border. <Snip>



DO IT ALREADY !
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 5:15:10 AM EDT
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/25/immigration.rallies.ap/index.html
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 5:21:18 AM EDT
Our .gov, including the POTUS, has abdicated its primary responsibility in this regard.



Link Posted: 3/26/2006 7:42:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Spade:
Well, we could always just invade them and annex the place. Kill all the druggies and stuff.



Now there is a man with a plan. Get or troops home from BFE and take over there country, shit at this rate it has to be almost abandoned. Then they want need to come here they will already be in America. Senoritas and Margaritas for everybody.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 7:54:15 AM EDT
What a fooking mess.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 8:04:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2006 8:05:23 AM EDT by cyclone]
Sorry, this bill is in no way anti-American, contrary to the protesters beliefs.............either come here legally or stay home. No other country in the world makes any concessions to American guests, so why should we?


Link Posted: 3/26/2006 8:49:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Spade:
Well, we could always just invade them and annex the place. Kill all the druggies and stuff.



That's pretty much my way of thinking now.

As far as I'm concerned, if we're going to play babysitter for the world, we need to take control of it. Kind of like what the British & French used to to before they lost their nerve.

Scott
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