After Protests, Backlash Grows

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Stephanie, May 3, 2006.

  1. Stephanie
    Offline

    Stephanie Diamond Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
    Messages:
    70,236
    Thanks Received:
    10,817
    Trophy Points:
    2,040
    Ratings:
    +27,359
    Opponents of Illegal Immigration Are Increasingly Vocal

    By Darryl Fears
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, May 3, 2006; Page A10

    While a series of marches focused much of the nation's attention on the plight of illegal immigrants, scores of other Americans quietly seethed. Now, with the same full-throated cry expressed by those in the country illegally, they are shouting back.

    Congressional leaders in Washington have gotten bricks in the mail from a group that advocates building a border fence, :thup: states in the West and South have drawn up tough anti-immigrant laws, and ordinary citizens, such as Janis McDonald of Pennsylvania, who considers herself a liberal, are not mincing words in expressing their displeasure.

    "Send them back," McDonald said. "Build a damn wall and be done with it."

    The anger evoked a word that immigrant organizers who opposed Monday's boycott feared: backlash. McDonald and other Americans were particularly disturbed by Monday's boycott and civil action, attended in large part by people who entered the country illegally and are now demanding rights enjoyed by U.S.-born citizens and immigrants who entered the country legally.

    "How dare they," said McDonald, a research specialist for the University of Pittsburgh who said she voted for Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) in the 2004 presidential election. "If they are so active, why aren't they in Mexico City, why aren't they forcing their leaders there to deal with the quality of life? If you don't like it here, go home."

    That strong sentiment was heard across the country, on a radio program in Los Angeles, where talk-show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou encouraged listeners to participate in a "Great American Spend-a-Lot" to offset the effect of the boycott. They vowed to reimburse listeners picked in a drawing.

    In the Washington area, African American radio listeners kept bringing up the immigration issue as Leila McDowell, a guest host on the Joe Madison show, tried to discuss abuse of black and Latino workers at a North Carolina meat-processing plant.

    "I would say that the majority of comments were hostile, but it wasn't an overwhelming majority," said McDowell. "A lot of people said immigrants were trying to make ends meet just like us. And then there were those who said that they're taking our jobs, they're taking our services, that they shouldn't be legal, that my forefathers were slaves, and these people haven't paid their dues."

    In Kansas City, Mo., Joyce Mucci, the executive director of the Mid-America Immigration Reform Coalition, said she didn't see much impact from the march in her city.

    "Frankly I think they're overplaying their hand," she said, adding, "I think people who may have been sitting on the fence are not sitting on the fence anymore. These marches are not helping the people they're intending to help."

    Congress is considering several immigration reform proposals. One would hand out temporary work permits to foreigners outside the country, allow illegal residents already here to pay a fine and work, possibly toward legal residency. Another would make it a felony to enter the country illegally and to offer assistance to anyone who does, and would build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A third would force illegal immigrants here to go home before being allowed to work.

    Whether the anger expressed by some Americans will translate into votes in November is anybody's guess. Fred Yang, a Democratic consultant in Washington, guessed that it will not.

    "This is going to be like a tug of war," he said. "I think Republicans are trying to exploit voter concerns about immigration. It's not a winning strategy. I think voters are more concerned about health-care costs, the cost of higher education and gasoline and energy than immigration."

    Immigration opponents are also concerned about the costs of public services immigrants use at the expense of taxpayers. Don Stewart, a spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), said his state spends $2 billion a year on health care and education for people in the country illegally. Arizona and California officials said their expense for detaining illegal immigrants who commit crimes is a combined $950 million per year, a fraction of which is reimbursed by the federal government.

    "It's an enormous burden on taxpayers," Stewart said. "It's funny that people think that going out on the streets will make people change their minds. There are very strong opinions on this issue."

    Cornyn is one of many politicians who got a gift from Send-a-brick.com, which allows visitors to purchase a brick for about $11 and mail it to their representative, a weighty hint to build a border fence. The site's operators could not be reached for comment.

    Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), one of the most vocal lawmakers arguing for a tough approach to illegal immigrants, said he recently attended a dinner at which an employer received rousing applause for his stand against an immigrant worker who wanted to take Monday off. "He said he told him that if you don't come to work Monday, don't bother coming in on Tuesday."

    Staff writers Sonya Geis in Los Angeles and Kari Lydersen in Chicago contributed to this report.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...6/05/02/AR2006050201789.html?nav=rss_politics
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  2. CrimsonWhite
    Offline

    CrimsonWhite *****istrator Emeritus Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    7,978
    Thanks Received:
    1,755
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Guntucky
    Ratings:
    +1,757
    I wonder if Rep. Bacchus got my cinder block? He won't return my calls. I should have sent it delivery confirmation.
     
  3. Stephanie
    Offline

    Stephanie Diamond Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2004
    Messages:
    70,236
    Thanks Received:
    10,817
    Trophy Points:
    2,040
    Ratings:
    +27,359
    I was trying to remember who it was that I dared to send their cinder block..
    I want some proof........ :funnyface
     
  4. CrimsonWhite
    Offline

    CrimsonWhite *****istrator Emeritus Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    7,978
    Thanks Received:
    1,755
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Location:
    Guntucky
    Ratings:
    +1,757
    Guess you'll have to take my word for it. I didn't take a picture or anything.
     
  5. Dr Grump
    Online

    Dr Grump Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,282
    Thanks Received:
    3,051
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    From the Back of Beyond
    Ratings:
    +4,227
    Maybe this is one issue that is going to bring liberals and conservatives together...
     
  6. 007
    Offline

    007 Charter Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    38,328
    Thanks Received:
    7,868
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +11,946
    Now how can a guy who calls himself "Dr Grump" possibly have an optimistic view like that?

    Just let me burst that bubble for ya Bud, NO, it ain't going to happen. They'll be selling snow cones in hell first.
     
  7. Dr Grump
    Online

    Dr Grump Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,282
    Thanks Received:
    3,051
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    From the Back of Beyond
    Ratings:
    +4,227
    RATFLMAO! heh! Don't take my moniker literally, it was the first thing that popped into my head when I signed up... :)

    As for your second comment, plenty of lefties seem annoyed too (not the loony left, your average Dem)...
     
  8. rtwngAvngr
    Offline

    rtwngAvngr Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2004
    Messages:
    15,755
    Thanks Received:
    511
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +511
    Nope. The second a lefty gets called a "racist" for wanting to maintain civilization in our nation, he'll back down. Our leaders will surf the brown wave. Hang Ten!
     
  9. 007
    Offline

    007 Charter Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    38,328
    Thanks Received:
    7,868
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +11,946
    An "average dem"... what's that?
     
  10. dilloduck
    Offline

    dilloduck Diamond Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    53,240
    Thanks Received:
    5,552
    Trophy Points:
    1,850
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +6,403
    It sure as hell should--If they weren't so damn concerned about keeping their jobs they could solve it in a heartbeat.
     

Share This Page