Thousands rally in Salem for immigration rights
Oregon Latinos voted with their feet in huge numbers Sunday in Salem to protest federal legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.
They pushed baby strollers, chanted "Si, se puede!" ("Yes, we can!") and waved American and Mexican flags. They carried homemade signs saying "Immigrants made this nation," "Legalize not penalize" and "Oregon works because immigrants work."
What was most striking was the involvement of people who usually try not to bring attention to themselves, with many openly demonstrating their cultural pride. Many admitted that they are not here legally and fear being deported if the House-passed bill, HR 4437, becomes law.
Among them was Alejandro Manzano, a Beaverton construction worker who was pushing his 5-month-old daughter in a stroller with three U.S. flags poking up. Speaking in Spanish, Manzano said he came to the rally because of the bill that was passed by the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. The nine-year Oregon resident said he has been deported twice, but his daughter was born here and is an American citizen.
Mwa ha ha ha ha. Thank you PCUN. The attention that you have garnered may be inspiring at the local criminal alien hangout but the citizens of Oregon are collectively disgusted with your display of unbelievable gall.
And if you PCUN boys want to guage public opinion on this you can take a look at this line from the Gazzette Times coverage of your attention grabber:
Oregon’s Republican gubernatorial candidates in the May 16 primary all favor strict changes in immigration policy. Democratic candidates have had little to say on the matter.
You can't get any local officials to come out on your side. They know it's a losing issue to publicly take the position that rewarding criminals is the right thing to do.
Your attention grabbers only make those Democrat politicians nervous because they want to duck this issue all day long. You guys coming out with your true feelings doesn't help either...
(Blogger photo isn't working, go to link to see the "fight the Minutemen" picture where it is explained that these people "don't recognize" borders)
Side note: The local school kids have heard about the fact that they can skip class under the guise of protesting. If you see roaming bands of teenagers in Salem waving Mexican flags they are just "participating in the public process." It has nothing to do with skipping school...
Orbusmax also has links to great photos at the top of his site.