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    People Power

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    People Power

    The marchers in white T-shirts poured out of the subway doors and merged into a stream, flowing like blood cells through the tubular innards of the Washington Metro, past turnstiles and up escalators and out into the delicate brilliance of a fine spring day. On the street, they met up with the others — young parents, old people, toddlers in strollers, teenagers in jeans and jewelry — and headed to the Mall, where they and their American flags dissolved into a shimmering sea of white, red and blue.

    The immigration rallies of recent weeks have drawn an astounding number of people around the country: Monday's "national day of action" was attended by an estimated 180,000 in Washington, 100,000 each in Phoenix and New York City, 50,000 each in Atlanta and Houston, and tens of thousands more in other cities.

    Adding in the immense marches last month in Los Angeles and Chicago, the immigrants and their allies have carried off an amazing achievement in mass political action, even though many of them are here illegally and have no right to vote. Whether the rallies leave you inspired or unnerved, they are impossible to ignore.

    This nation is deeply divided and undecided about illegal immigration. The ambivalence runs deep. Americans can hardly even agree on whom they are talking about. Listen to debates from talk radio to the Senate, and you will hear utterly incompatible descriptions of the same group of people. The nation's 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants are either an occupying army of thieves, snatching jobs and subverting our laws, or they are a wholesome community of strivers, eager to build families and chase the American dream.

    Monday's rallies were a decisive victory for the more positive vision. In Washington, as elsewhere, the mood was as mellow as the crowd, which was dominated by parents of young children. (You can shout all the fiery slogans you want, but you will never be threatening with a baby in your arms.) An 86-year-old Salvadoran, Maria Guevara, sat in a folding chair and waved a plastic American flag as a friend, Ana Santos, held a placard to keep the sun out of her eyes. Ms. Guevara was as placid as if sitting beside a pond, though all around her it was noisier than a baseball stadium.

    A recurrent complaint against new immigrants — particularly Latinos, the overwhelming majority at most rallies — is that they are slow to assimilate. But these crowds clearly had internalized at least one pillar of the American way: that peaceful dissent can spur a government to action.

    Though recent immigration developments in Washington had been a discouraging mix of stalemate and cold political maneuvering, the marchers seemed motivated less by a sense of grievance than by hope, and the pure joy of seeing others like themselves rallying for a precious cause. They were venturing boldly from the shadows and daring the country to change its laws, but were doing so out of a desire to participate in the system, not to undermine it.

    This became especially clear when the thousands on the Mall recited the Pledge of Allegiance, reading from yellow sheets printed in English and in a crude phonetic spelling to help Spanish speakers pronounce the unfamiliar words. Something about the latter version — with its strange sense of ineloquent desire — was enough to provoke tears.

    Ai pledch aliyens to di fleg

    Of d Yunaited Esteits of America

    An tu di republic for wich it estands

    Uan naishion, ander Gad

    Indivisibol

    Wit liberti an yostis

    For oll.

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    Re: People Power

    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    What happened to the America I was brought up to believe in? It seems that it disappeared with the twin towers. Giving the majority of illegal immigrants amnesty and U.S. citizenship does not seem to be the solution, nor is expelling 12 million people a possibility. One thing I know for sure, this country would be a lot better off if they were paying taxes.
    I have more to say on this subject but I had better curtail my writing at this point for fear of being labeled a racist.

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    Re: People Power

    Quote Originally Posted by UserName
    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    What happened to the America I was brought up to believe in? It seems that it disappeared with the twin towers. Giving the majority of illegal immigrants amnesty and U.S. citizenship does not seem to be the solution, nor is expelling 12 million people a possibility. One thing I know for sure, this country would be a lot better off if they were paying taxes.
    I have more to say on this subject but I had better curtail my writing at this point for fear of being labeled a racist.
    Unemployment happened.

    National Dept happened.

    Too many, too fast, happened.

    This country was built by people that came here legally, happened.

    911 happened.

    NAFTA happened.

    CAFTA happened.

    Would you like me to continue? :cool:

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    Re: People Power

    Quote Originally Posted by Worried_in_the_USA
    Unemployment happened.

    National Dept happened.

    Too many, too fast, happened.

    This country was built by people that came here legally, happened.

    911 happened.

    NAFTA happened.

    CAFTA happened.

    Would you like me to continue? :cool:
    yes.............i would.hehe!!

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