Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants marched in the nation’s capitol and cities across the country and demanded amnesty for illegal aliens. Though they flout immigration laws, the marchers audaciously assert: “We are not criminals.”
But Americans have not been moved (and here) by La Marcha in Los Angeles and Dallas, or images of illegal immigrants waving American flags. According to a just-released Washington Post/ABC News poll (and here), 75 percent of Americans believe "the government isn’t doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States.”
Sixty percent disapprove of President Bush’s handling of immigration issues. Indeed, Bush’s support of a guest worker program for illegal immigrants from south of the border has sent his approval ratings further south. Thirty-eight percent approve of Bush’s job performance, down three percentage points since the last survey.
Illegal immigrants' archenemy, Rep. Tom Tancredo, said in a statement:
The illegal alien lobby has upgraded its PR, instructing protestors to trade in their foreign flags for red, white and blue. But make no mistake about it: amnesty is an affront to American law and America's tradition of legal immigration If the protestors really want to honor America's values, they would stand up to lawbreakers and embrace an enforcement-first approach to fixing our broken system.
The spectacle of hordes of illegal aliens protesting in the streets and "making claims to rights and privileges that nobody gave them" (and here) again begs the question: What part of illegal don’t they -- and Bush -- understand?
But American taxpayers understand what's at stake. According to the Zogby survey, 61 percent said they are less likely to be sympathetic as a result of the protests. Among Republicans, only 6 percent said the protests made them feel more sympathy for illegal immigrants.
In plain English, the protests ain't working.