They're back. Two years after the first "Day Without an Illegal Immigrant," illegal aliens and their supporters plan to march and rally in
sanctuary selected cities from Seattle to Miami. Their, um, demands include:
- Stop the raids and deportations
- Legalization for all undocumented workers
- Stop the separation of families
So what have these in-your-face marches accomplished? They have raised Americans’ awareness of the high cost of illegal immigrants' search for a better life. Americans' awakening triggered calls for President Bush and Congress to secure the border and enforce existing laws.
While action has stalled at the federal level, states and municipalities have responded to Americans’ growing outrage. In Oregon, for instance, concerned citizens are circulating a petition that would allow greater state and local cooperation on illegal immigration enforcement.
Oregonians for Immigration Reform asks:
Can you imagine entering a country illegally, in complete defiance of that country's sovereignty and laws? Then settling there, and brazenly demanding to be given citizenship and all the rights and privileges of citizens?
That is certainly not the American way. One of the most important tenets of American culture is the rule of law. We hold the firm belief that no one is above the law: not the president of the United States, the governor of Oregon, nor any foreign national who might wish to immigrate to the U.S. Prosperous, orderly, democratic societies developed because the citizens understood the importance of observing and respecting laws.
Indeed in Arizona, the crackdown on illegals has triggered an exodus of, er, “new Americans,” back to Mexico.
So, march on.