Monday, December 20, 2010

So how does one call the Wah-mbulance en Espanol?

The AP and the Detroit News: Students look to 2012 after immigration bill fails

Again the AP, with the Detroit News failing to correct, provides a misleading headline. It should have read:

Illegal students look to 2012 after immigration amnesty bill fails.

"This is a movement," said Nancy Meza, a 23-year-old illegal immigrant and college graduate who wore a University of California, Los Angeles sweatshirt as she watched the televised vote.
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In the hours after the vote, Meza and about 50 other student activists who had gathered at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center said they would remind Latinos who stood by them - and those who did not - in the next election cycle. They will push for access to financial aid and drivers' licenses in states more friendly to immigrants like California.

Few said the legislation, many called the Dream Act, had a chance in the next two years with Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and a shrinking Democratic majority in the Senate. But they said that wouldn't derail the networks they had set up across the country to support illegal immigrant students and help them reveal their status and learn to live unafraid.
Amazing, a bunch of people here illegally are upset when they're not rewarded for well, being illegal and suppooritng illegal activity.

Apparently this loss is quite upsetting:
"This has a real demoralizing effect," Krikorian said of the student activists. "There's only so long you can keep up these hunger strikes and all this political theater they've been engaging in, especially if there's no specific target."
I guess with Bush not being around to be blamed for all that is not right in the illegal world, they're having a rough time going the full Alinsky.

But wait, their suffering gets worse:
Another challenge is students could wind up feeling excluded when they can't work after graduation, despite their political activism.
So very, very sad. Indeed, is there any wine sweeter than that of the tears of illegal hippies?

ICE's lack of enforcement is rather interesting. After all, these students have publicly identified themselves as illegals and publicly and contemptuously flout the law, and finding them and enforcing the law should not be particularly hard.

Of course, many want to reward illegal behaviour and prevent deporting these "activists" who no doubt are getting financial aid and benefits that ought to be reserved for legal immigrants and citizens. Democrats are looking for a rich new source of votes form these illegals:
Immigrant rights groups said they planned to turn up the pressure on the Obama administration to slow deportations, end local police enforcement of immigration laws and look out for the students, many of whom publicly revealed their immigration status over the last few months.

Students also said they planned to fight for immigrant benefits - though it's not legalization - locally as they've seen anti-illegal immigration activists do to pass tougher enforcement measures in states like Arizona.
It is rather amazing that students at public universities receiving state and federal funds are not required to have students show proof of legal residency to attend, or are these universitites adopting a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy when it comes to their illegal students?

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