Thursday, April 27, 2006

Illegals To America: We Will Shut You Down!

The attempted intimidation of American citizens continues:

"There will be 2 to 3 million people hitting the streets in Los Angeles alone. We're going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno," said Jorge Rodriguez, a union official organizing the May 1st protests by illegal immigrants. "We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally)," Rodriguez said. "That is the message that is going to be played out across the country on May 1."

Like many of his fellow pro-amnesty activists, he is threatening law-abiding American citizens with a simple, straightfoward message: Pass the laws we want--or else.

Here in Massachusetts, local business owners have shared their accounts of being approached by illegal immigration activists and "urged" to shut down May 1st, whether these business owners want to or now. One business, owned by Ernesto (a naturalized American citizen from Cuba) declined the first invitation to close on May 1st and was approached the following day by a larger group of amnesty activists and "asked" again to shut down.

To his credit, Ernesto will be open for business on Monday. Not so for several business owners in Providence, RI and Cape Cod MA, who told me they want to remain open but have decided to close out of fear. Worse, legal immigrants who want to work are being pressured to stay home money, regardless of how they feel about amnesty for illegals. Many of these legal immigrants are low-wage employees who can't afford to miss a day of work.

Where is the "justice?" Where is the "fairness?" Where the hell are the COPS?

Isn't this extortion? If Tony Soprano were sending Chris and Vito (OK, maybe not Vito) to shake down businesses, wouldn't the FBI be involved?

Here's the problem: Criminals are criminals. If you're willing to break our immigration laws and our employment laws and our anti-fraud laws, why should I be surprised that you're willing to lean on business owners to get them to "come around?"