As incredible as it may sound it looks like a group of protestors will be marching in Fort Wayne this weekend to show support for ILLEGAL immigrants...
Mike in red
Per the News Sentinel:
Immigration debate sparks rally
Local Hispanic coalition sponsors Sunday gathering downtown to make voices heard on immigration proposals now in Congress.
They certainly have the right to protest as long as it is peaceful... This is America...
By Nicole Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Montesino: Illegal immigrants aren’t criminals (Of course they are criminals they entered the country illegally)
Max Montesino is not opposed to all laws that regulate immigration, but he is vehemently against any law that criminalizes the approximate 12 million undocumented people in the United States. (How can a bill criminalize something that is ILLEGAL. Can someone explain this to me)
A native of the Dominican Republic and the president of the Hispanic Leadership Coalition of Northeast Indiana, Montesino will be among thousands he expects to participate in an immigrants’ rights rally Sunday in downtown Fort Wayne. (Thousands, I doubt it)
The coalition, a local education and advocacy group, is organizing the rally to protest the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 – otherwise known as HR 4437 – a bill that passed last year in the House of Representatives and was sent in January to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review.
The legislation amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to make illegal immigrants’ presence in the U.S. a criminal violation. Current law states that those living illegally in the U.S. are only violating civil law. (The House finally passed a bill that I overall agree with; that is rare anymore...)
“This law penalizes immigrants,” Montesino said. “We need to strengthen our borders, but we don’t need to support ill-intended, wrong legislation against those who are making an economic contribution to society.
“It lumps together terrorists and immigrants, and that’s absolutely wrong.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee has made several modifications to HR 4437, and the bill now includes legislation that gives illegal immigrants an opportunity to remain in the U.S. under certain stipulations and ultimately become legal residents. (The Republican controlled Senate is going to pass an AMNESTY program. Then the House will AGREE to the amnesty bill, mark my words. The the Republicans will lose the 2006 election...)
The committee passed the amended law Monday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.
“It is a fluid situation,” said Montesino. “We don’t know if there will be a vote (by today). We expect the best and encourage the Senate to take into account the contributions of immigrants to this country.” (I encourage the Senate to wake up and realize that they cannot allow 12 million illegal aliens become citizens; it is ABSURD)
Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is among those in the Senate who opposed the initial version of the bill, said Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher.
Included in the Senate modifications to the immigration bill is the “The Dream (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act,” legislation that Lugar co-sponsored in 2003.
It allows undocumented immigrant students who grew up in the U.S. and graduated high school here to qualify for “conditional lawful permanent resident” status for up to six years. During this period, if the student goes to college or joins the military, they could be eligible to become permanent residents.
“Many changes can be expected to be made to the legislation during the Senate floor debate,” Fisher said. “Sen. Lugar hopes the Senate will consider a consensus bill that updates immigration policy in a comprehensive way.” (Luger sure has changed over the 36 years he has been in The Senate...)
Montesino hopes this as well. He said he has received phone calls from local Hispanics, church groups and African immigrants in support of the immigrants’ rights rally, and he said event organizers are reaching out to the Burmese community as well.
“The immigration issue is very important and people should be concerned,” he said. “On Sunday, we will be either celebrating passage of a comprehensive immigration bill, or protesting the fact (the Senate) couldn’t pass it, or pushing to keep the discussions going.”
When: 1:15 p.m. Sunday
Where: The rally will start at the corner of South Harrison and Dewald streets. Participants will march through Calhoun Street and end at the courthouse on the Berry Street side.
I wonder how many mexican flags they will carry?
MARK MY WORDS, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL GRANT AMNESTY AND THEY WILL LOSE THE 2006 ELECTIONS... THEY WILL LOSE CONTROL OF AT LEAST ONE HOUSE OF CONGRESS...