Immigration marches return with messages aimed at voters
I remember not so long ago when Immigration was the central issue driving the political vehicle of CHANGE. Oh, how true. Things CHANGE! The truth is that when everyone recouperates from this wonderful Black & White campaign that has left the democratic party Black & Blue. The Immigration March will probably have a second coming. Why? Because that will be the only vote left to court. The dems will likely want to remember Latinos when they come around to realizing what a mess has been made. And sadly, the Latinos will probably jump quickly to support those that abandoned them in the middle of their Civil Rights Movement. Latinos must show both parties that they will only support those who include them at all times, not only when they need the extra VOTES! A rapper I once knew wrote the words, "Standing on a welfare line sayin' please for cheese. They ask me to follow, but don't want me to lead. They need a Vote they call me quick, when the votings through they call me Spic!" He wrote that 18 years ago. So much for CHANGE!
Immigration activists and civil rights leaders are gearing up for rallies and marches in cities across the nation, hoping to revive the stagnant immigration debate in time for the presidential election.
Activists predict turnout for the more than 200 events planned Thursday from Seattle to Miami will be far less than in years past. But they say efforts demanding comprehensive immigration legislation - including pathways to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. - have extended beyond the streets.
"While the breadth of activities will be significant, most eyes are turned toward the November election," said Rich Stolz, a coordinator with Fair Immigration Reform Movement, which oversees activist groups across the country. "We've been calling on the candidates to prioritize immigration."
The scope of the pro-immigrant rights movement has seen significant change in just two years time.