The fight against illegal immigration seems like an uphill battle. It seems like every day another public official (or candidate) take a position contrary to ours and another government program is created to make life easier for criminal aliens.
It almost makes you want to give up and just learn Spanish.
Take heart, we are winning this war. The best example I have are three news articles: One from March 6, 2005, the next from September 25, 2005 (both from the same reporter) and then one from February 12, 2006.
The first has a byline that says: Almost 2,000 people line up at a mobile Mexican Consulate in Salem
The most recent one has the headline: Protesters target session for Mexican immigrants
Waiting for documentation
Estevan Garcia Neri, 62, and four nephews were there for matricular consular cards, necessary to cash payroll checks and obtain driver's licenses.
The men arrived at the school at 2 a.m. and were surprised to find that there already was a line at the door -- a door that wouldn't be opening for eight more hours.
"We're walking hand-in-hand with the consulate," said Ana Gomez, a DMV transportation services representative. "We're here because I know that's what they're here for."
At the neighboring table, Stan Wojtyla, a compliance specialist with the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries, said his role was education and enforcement of labor laws.
He said the wage claims, which are printed in English and Spanish, have increased in the home-construction industry in recent years.
The first article is a combination of "human interest stories" and an explanation of the "wonderful" help that criminal aliens are getting from the consulate and the state of Oregon
Just a few months later:
Peaceful protests don't stop immigrant program
Protesters peacefully carried signs and sang ballads about the blight of illegal immigration Saturday during an event put on by the Mexican government.
The president of OFIR, Jim Ludwick, said the group's goal was to make Oregonians aware of the state's accommodation of illegal immigrants.
"We're not protesting the Mexican consul general, but the state agencies, especially the Oregon Department of Employment," he said. "Why are they here?"
"They are selling drugs to our kids and raping our kids," said Daniel Miglavs of Sherwood. "Our public officials, our state employees, are in there right now aiding and abetting them."
He defended his statement by waving a stack of papers that showed the high rate of incarceration for Hispanics in Oregon.
The story now changed, it is a bit more about the anger that this abomination caused among us protestors.
I would also note:
Mexico's Consul General for Oregon, Fernando Sánchez Ugarte, said this is the fourth time that the outreach program has drawn protesters.
Sánchez said there is no plan to eliminate or scale back the program, quite the contrary.
"Next year, we'll be increasing the number of events," he said. "There's a lot of demand."
See this post
Protesters target session for Mexican immigrants
Anti-immigration activists rallied Saturday in Eugene to oppose providing state social services to noncitizens and to criticize the Mexican consulate for issuing identification cards to immigrants.
The protest coincided with the presence of Mexican government representatives who were at the High School Equivalency Program building on the University of Oregon campus to assist people seeking a matricula consular - Mexico's identification card. The card is used to open bank accounts and to obtain a driver's license.
"I don't think it's right for people to come here and step in front of line," said Daniel Miglavs of Sherwood, a spokesman for Oregonians for Immigration Reform. The group, based in McMinnville, formed six years ago to call attention to the economic, social and environmental costs of uncontrolled immigration.
Lopez said protesters were intimidating applicants by filming them as they entered and left the building.
The article is 100% about our protest of this event. (albeit with a compassionate spin for the other side) No longer can the consulate have a carousel and get a fluff piece from the press. We are there to make sure that the true nature of this is represented. We are there to make sure that "applicants" are uncomfortable. We are there so that Consul General Fernando can eat his words about expanding the program this year.
Read that first article again and realize that we have come a long way in this state. For those of you who have participated and offered support, thank you. For those of you who are interested in helping us make a difference in the future: Contact Oregonians for Immigration Reform.