Sunday, April 09, 2006

Here Comes Trouble

Tomorrow is gearing up to be a big day for the immigration debate, at least in terms of the demonstrations:

LOS ANGELES – In Los Angeles, Eun Sook Lee will march on behalf of Korean illegal immigrants, at least 50,000, living in southern California. On Boston Common, Punam Rogers will join other Indian émigrés, as well as business clients and students from China, Germany, and Britain. In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ivalier Duvra will take to the streets to draw attention to Haitian newcomers who he says need refugee status.

Coming on the heels of demonstrations in several larger cities, a National Day of Action on Immigrant Rights Monday is expected to involve people in some 90 US municipalities, well above organizers' goal of 10. Described as the biggest social movement of Hispanics since the United Farm Workers of Cesar Chavez, the plans for protests, vigils, and marches include a less-visible tier of people stirred to action over American immigration policy: non-Latinos.

It truly is amazing to me how many people come out of the woodwork for these things. You'll see and hear from individuals and groups who you would not ordinarily see. And you will, of course, hear from the usual talking heads on the left as well.

But aside from this, it will also be astounding to see how many groups use the demonstrations as mere reasons to protest, whether or not it's about immigration policy. For instance, some Black Panthers and Che Guevara enthusiasts were spotted on Sunday.

However, the most intriguing --and probably predictable-- thing to watch will be the MSM coverage of all the hoop-lah. My guess is we'll hear the network heads toting on about how these demonstrations illustrate how the Democrats understand the American people's sympathies about immigration, when in reality it is just the opposite.

The public support, especially in the areas near the Mexican border, for the building of a fence is much stronger than the MSM will lead you on to believe.