Immigration Debate Gives Life to Annual Rallies

NPR, May 1, 2013

Demonstrators demanded an overhaul of immigration laws Wednesday in an annual, nationwide ritual that carried a special sense of urgency as Congress considers sweeping legislation that would bring many of the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally out of the shadows.

In New York, paper rats on sticks bobbed along Sixth Avenue as about 200 protesters set off from Bryant Park, chanting: “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” The rats were intended to symbolize abused migrant workers.

May Day rallies were planned in dozens of other cities from Tampa, Fla., to Bozeman, Mont. At a rally in Salem, Ore., Gov. John Kitzhaber planned to sign legislation to authorize drivers’ licenses for people living in the state without documentation.

“The invisible become visible on May 1,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which organized what was expected to be the nation’s largest rally.

The crowds were not expected to approach the massive demonstrations of 2006 and 2007, during the last serious attempt to introduce major changes to the U.S. immigration system. Despite the large turnouts, many advocates of looser immigration laws felt they were outmaneuvered by opponents who flooded congressional offices with phone calls and faxes at the behest of conservative talk-radio hosts.

Now, immigrant advocacy groups are focusing heavily on calling and writing members of Congress, using social media and other technology to target specific lawmakers. {snip}


The rallies, which coincide with Labor Day in many countries outside the U.S., often have big showings from labor leaders and elected officials.

Demonstrators marched in countries around the world, with fury in Europe over austerity measures and rage in Asia over relentlessly low pay, the rising cost of living and hideous working conditions that have left hundreds dead in recent months alone.

The New York crowd was a varied bunch of labor groups, immigrant activists and demonstrators unaffiliated with any specific cause. {snip}


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  • JohnEngelman

    If American Renaissance would organize rallies in favor of more restrictions on immigration it would be more effective than it is by promoting secession, and a “white ethno state in the North American Continent,” as Richard Spencer advocated at the most recent American Renaissance conference.

    • David Ashton

      That’s more like it!
      Better than inviting Jesse Jackson and suchlike to the AR conference.

      • JohnEngelman

        I did not suggest that the Rev. Jesse Jackson be invited. I suggested that he be allowed to attend if he wanted to. But then, it is not for me to make that allowance.

        • Morris LeChat

          Tokyo Rose says what? Lard Haw Haw says what?

    • Morris LeChat

      No john, you are at odds with Jared Taylor and American Renaissance. There WILL be a nation state defined as an ethnic homeland for white people and you will not be living there. You go on about IQ, but it does not take much intelligence to understand that without a defined ethnic identity, there will be no limiting immigration. You will be living in the rump state that is filled with africans and mexicans and some asians because of your personal fetishes. Too bad for you.

  • The crowds were not expected to approach the massive demonstrations of
    2006 and 2007, during the last serious attempt to introduce major
    changes to the U.S. immigration system.

    Those mass Hispanic protests really freaked us all out. But in reality, mass street marches to the tune of the hundreds of thousands happen fairly often in Latin American countries, but they accomplish very little to nothing. Mass street marches must be a folkway of the Indo-Mezo-Chicano. Meanwhile, in Mexico itself, the white-ish elite could easily be overthrown in the blink of an eye, but it isn’t.

    Meanwhile, in a state where they’re about to be an absolute majority, California, Hispanics were only 22% of all voters in November 2012.

    It’s a good thing the typical Indo-Mezo-Chicano couldn’t organize a two-car parade to save his life.

    • generalquagmyer

      So true. They make a lot of noise, but little ever seems to come of it. Tolerating their rantings emboldens them, though. It’s too bad whites here can’t be as firm in our suppression of the Great Unwashed as the white-ish elite in their native lands are.

      • Jim


    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      It’s a good thing the typical Indo-Mezo-Chicano couldn’t organize a two-car parade to save his life.
      So that’s why they pack 14 into a single broken-down El Camino. 🙂

    • mobilebay

      These marches made me wonder if the “gang of eight,” as individuals, have a family where one child demands,whines, or feels entitled to something to the detriment of the rest of the family, would his parents give in? An apt analogy since that is exactly what the gang is doing, with illegals being the spoiled chlld and the rest of the family, our country. We have danced to Mexico’s tune for so long that now before they even open their mouths to complain about us not moving fast enough to suit them, we hop to do their bidding.This is a sad end to a country who has fought many wars with mighty armies and have always been victorius and now to surrender to corrupt nations who win by the sheer number of their people just sneaking in and overwhelming us. How terrible it is to see our leaders not only hiding from the invasion, but actually inviting it.

  • bigone4u

    “The invisible become visible on May 1,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles …

    Invisible? Like rats and Bobster’s cockroaches, they are all too visible. You can’t avoid looking at them unless those new Google glasses somehow block them out. My bathroom panty is stocked with eyebleach because of them.

    • Katherine McChesney

      don’t you mean ‘pantry’ instead of ‘panty’? Hahaha

      • bigone4u

        Corrected. Thanks. Us manly men have no panties, just iron jockstraps!

  • Greg Thomas

    “The rats were intended to symbolize abused migrant workers.”

    If they are so “abused,” then pack up and go home. They seem to believe they are doing us a great favor by staying here. But I digress. Rats could also be used to symbolize millions of illegal invading hordes, “demanding” rights and privileges for which they have no legal or moral right to. I’ve also noticed they have ditched their beloved rag of mexico, in favor of red white and blue. Nobody who pays attention is fooled by this slight of hand.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      They seem to believe they are doing us a great favor by staying here.
      I’d go further than that, they seem to think we owe them a living just because they’re alive.

      • Erasmus

        That can be easily rectified.

  • Jefferson

    Does anybody here see the irony of Communists supporting amnesty for Illegal Immigrants, when amnesty will definitely financially benefit big business Crony Capitalists.

    Talk about a strange alliance between crony capitalist Grover Norquist and far left wing Che Guevara and Karl Marx lovers.

    • George White

      Grover has got to be the dumbest man on earth.

    • I see it, but I don’t think it’s that ironic. The “strange” alliance between ultra big business on top and the extreme/left/egalitarian street rabble on the bottom has existed for a long time, as a pincher movement to squeeze out white working middle classes and bourgeoise classes.

      • Jefferson

        Would Che Guevara and Karl Marx be rolling in their graves over today’s communist movement aligning themselves with people live and breathe for personal profits ?

        Today’s communists are politically in bed with dirty corporate Gordon Gekko Wall Street types and big business types who’s only goal in life is to make Godly amounts of money off 3rd world low skilled laborers.

        Aren’t communists suppose to care about the plight of poor Brown and Black 3rd worlders and not want them to be exploited by wealthy big business Crackas from the developed 1st world.

      • Steven Bannister

        Good point, I first learned about this concept from John Birch Society literature.

        If you follow the Left from the bottom (May Day protesters, Antifa, Occupy etc) up to the middle (Move On volunteers, Democratic Party members) all the way to the top (Soros, Rothchilds, Rockefellers) you’ll see that all left wing movements are actually created and sustained by ultra-rich capitalists at the very top.

        Why would capitalists want communism? Simple. Because communism is really just a form of monopoly capitalism. By centralizing power in a single location (ie a big government) the resources and people of a nation are more easily controlled and exploited.

        The middle class is the enemy and they are destroyed in a process known as “Pressure from Above / Pressure from Below.” Of course, the scruffy protesters in the street are completely oblivious to all of this, they are simply making a “revolutionary chic” fashion statement.

        • me

          Well said!

    • joesolargenius

      Communism was but a scam perpetuated by big business in order to get slave labor and to control the labor market ! Have you ever wondered why so many countries have very limited manufacturing when they have so much cheap labor at hand. It is because governments are controlled by Big Business , a mercenary yet necessary move in order to keep Government from controlling Big Business.
      Why do you think so much Foreign Aid is dispensed to countries whom openly despise us , it is so they will act in the best interest of Big Business. With holding all Aid would be the best thing we could possibly do for the rest of the world , it is our tax dollars that are fueling worldwide corruption and depressing the masses.Stop all Foreign Aid and send all the illegals home and the world will slowly straighten out most of it’s problems but don’t expect world peace as humanity like all other life forms was was created to be competitive for survivals sake !

    • Bossman

      Communists usually make the right against racism one of their key platforms. For many on the left, immigration restrictions are more about racism than anything else.

    • blarg

      Whats ironic? These mexicans and other south americans are very friendly towards communism and communist ideologies.

  • Driver’s licenses.
    Food stamps.
    Section 8.
    Discounted tuition.
    Special parades.
    Freedom from prosecuion for certain crimes.
    A healthy daughter for the family to molest.

    Why don’t I come to this country?

  • Wayne

    Folks, something is not right here. All these immigrants supposedly working their poor fingers to the bone yet they have time to plan, coordinate, and execute mass rallies?? Conservatives can’t afford the time off, how can they? Who is organizing and paying these people. Follow the money. My wager is they are not Mestizos or Muslims at the top.

    • Bossman

      Those doing the organizing are U.S. citizens who have friends and relatives who are undocumented. You are assuming that every Mexican in the U.S. and every immigrant is an “illegal alien.”

      • Wayne

        So they are traitors then, right? Giving preference against their sworn countrymen based on race, right? The very thing the mean ole whites are not supposed to do, right?
        Of course I’m right. Look I’m for family reunification, just let it be reunification IN MEXICO!

  • Yep, just like rats they come here for a better life. A more appropriate symbol couldn’t have been chosen.

    But on the subject of May Day, it’s time to highjack these types of things. Imagine a banner saying “WHITE WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE AND FIGHT FOR OUR RACE” as a way to make it clear there is a group that represents the interests of regular whites, as the progressives often make this point when sneering at white support for the GOP globalist, cheap labor part.

    • StillModerated

      Wow! That would attract media attention. I’d rank that right up there with standing outside the The Holocaust Museum holding a sign that reads, “Holohoax.”

  • sbuffalonative

    Did they wave American flags this time instead of Mexican flags? Did they learn from their last epic mistake?

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    Not that I advocate for communism, but shouldn’t the commies within our government be AGAINST amnesty? After all, putting these aliens on a level footing with American citizens over jobs only drags down wages for the poorest of our citizens. American citizens have had to put up with cheap foreign labour for the past four decades, should they really have to put up with foreign labour at home now too? Also, check out this link:

    I can just imagine what the predominant racial make-up of the “May Day Workers” is. Judging by the name “Zangas” they seem like your typical La Raza types.

    • onetwothree

      The point of communism is not what they say it is. At all.

  • Erasmus

    Friggin’ A. Out of the shadows, I have news for you, these people haven’t been living in the shadows. I sure as well wish they’d go the shadows.

  • LHathaway

    Organized labor doesn’t exactly have a history of warm fuzzy relations with immigrants and migrant workers! I suppose it was only a matter of time before labor would jump on the bandwagon, circling the wagons in the face of conservative white men – the group seen as the purveyors of all the worlds evil – a safe target. Not blaming conservative men for something is considered ‘insensitivity’. Meanwhile, we’re the only ones still backing the system.

    “If American Renaissance would organize rallies in favor of more restrictions on immigration it would be more effective than it is by promoting secession, and a “white ethno state in the North American Continent,””

    It’s not really a question of whether or not there will be a white state in north america, the only question will be how much territory will we get.

  • blight14

    Partially Bobster? I’d submit that they are just a bit more involved than that…..quite more involved……prime movers, etc.

  • David Ashton

    International capitalists and international communists have at least this in common, the desire to obliterate racial, cultural and national identities. It is an error to turn the evidence of some mutual collaboration between sections of these movements into a giant hidden conspiracy. It is enough to point out the similarity in their effective objectives.

  • thoughtcrime

    Using rats to symbolize Mexicans is very appropriate as they are both vermin. I’ll take the morons realize that .

  • it isn’t an illegal handgun… its an undocumented concealed weapon

  • mobilebay

    I love it when I see the phrase, “demostrators demand…” Whatever happened to “beggars can’t be choosers?”

  • Morris LeChat

    And the first thing they do at these rallies is attack white police officers and white owned property

  • Bill

    I had this thought today…….we are constantly told that it is impossible to deport 11 million illegal aliens, and therefore we must make them citizens. But at the same time the same people tell us Germany managed to identify every Jew in every occupied country, deport them to Germany or Poland, and kill six million Jews in the course of four years WHILE engaged in a two front war that they were losing. WHILE the allies were bombing into dust their entire transportation system. AND we are told that NOBODY among the allies noticed the huge camps which contained these people, and passed it off as propaganda, hence the allies inaction and lack of protest. Hmmmmm. And yet, when thousands of illegal aliens willingly expose themselves in marches, we find it impossible to identify them and deport them? But we manage to fly hundreds of thousands of soldiers into Saudi Arabia, or Iraq, or Afghanistan on a regular basis WITH all their equipment and tanks and guns etc.? And in a relatively short amount of time, too. Our government is composed of liars, traitors, and self-interested puppets to Big Business and Big Government elites.

    • Bossman

      If the U.S. were to be at war with Mexico and all the eleven million were from Mexico then the U.S. would deploy all its resources to find them. Merely being in the U.S. without proper documentation is a misdemeanor and of low priority as far as law enforcement goes. Sooner or later the U.S. will be forced to come to some kind of migration accord with Mexico. Just imagine, will we be as a nation still be talking about this a 100 years from now? I doubt that very much.

      • mobilebay

        Bossman, I DO consider we are at war with Mexico. They declared war on us a long time ago, when they armed their people with maps and pointed north. Millions have continued to come and that constitutes an invasion. I’m all for putting our military on the border. That would stop illegal immigration immediately. As far as the ones who’ve already sneaked in, they must be demanded to leave. I’m sick of our politicians saying, “We can’t deport 11 million.” In the first place, the number is much higher. Next, Eisenhower did it. What’s the big deal?The roads into this country run both ways.

        • Bossman

          If it is a war, then I think that they will win it in the long run. The scenario goes something like this: A hundred years from now, the entire Southwest will become greater Mexico, culturally and demographically, then Mexico and greater Mexico which by then will include all of Central America plus very strong alliances with the countries of South America. Then Mexico at that point will be in a position to challenge the United States for the command and control of all of North America. A book called “The Next 100 years” by Dr. George Friedman describes such a scenario. He runs a website called

          • mobilebay

            Your statement is frightening, but likely true. Thanks for the website. I’ll check it out.

      • Bill

        We COULD NOT be “forced” to come to some migration accord with Mexico if we (our government) decided NOT to with strength of purpose, and decided to identify and deport all who are here illegally. Nor, as far as I am concerned, could ANY third world country beat us at the war game IF we actually intended to win a war for a change, with all means necessary short of weapons of mass destruction, rather than “nation build” and back the wrong “allies”. Chicken hawks in Congress, many of them whom never served, are the ones who send our boys in to war, then tie their hands and prosecute them for “atrocities” which were and are rather routine happenings in war. IF we were determined to kick out all illegal aliens, we could do it. IF we were determined to keep them out, we could do it. It’s not our war fighting ability that lacks. It’s our lack of will. Period. Our treasonous leaders in Washington and in our cities whom establish “sanctuary cities” and dream up illegal ways to provide them benefits, and call it legal are the reasons we don’t. The worst war we ever prosecuted in our history, as to a determination to destroy and lay waste everything in sight was the one we waged against ourselves. And that war never should have been fought. But don’t tell ME that we can not defeat any third world nation we chose to do so. All we lack is determination, and patriots in Washington.

      • Wayne

        “We” won’t be a nation 100 years from now because “we” never were a nation to begin with. My nation is blood and spoil, same as Mexico. As far as the USA it will be long gone. I know of that website. Globalist navel gazers who get paid to sit and dream about how great it will be when whites who built all of Western civilization are marginalized to the point that the elite can have their way with the powerless mass slave labor known as non-whites. And and Mexico will still be a failed nation state, only part an overarching North American Union. Certainly a win for Mexicans, a loss for our descendents. But a lot can change in 100 years. Look at 1861!

  • shattered2013

    May Day? You mean like the old Soviet Union May Day rallies where they would march through the streets asserting they were going to overthrown the United States of America? That kind of May Day?

    • The__Bobster

      Yes, their plan is going according to schedule.

  • The__Bobster

    May Day Illegal Immigrant Marches Flop
    By Steve Sailer on May 2, 2013 at 1:44am

    Remember the vast throngs of illegal aliens excitedly waving Mexican flags who took over American cities on spring days in 2006 to support the Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill? Wikipedia recounts:

    A major demonstration in Chicago on March 10, 2006 estimated at 100,000 people was the initial impetus for protests throughout the country.[1] The largest single demonstration occurred in Los Angeles on March 25, 2006 with a march of more than 500,000 people through downtown.[2] The largest nationwide day of protest occurred on April 10, 2006, in 102 cities across the country,[3][4] with 350,000–500,000 in Dallas and around 300,000 in Chicago.[5] Most of the protests were peaceful and attracted considerable media attention.

    Then on May Day 2006:

    An estimated 400,000 marched in Chicago, according to police, though organizers pegged the total at closer to 700,000; … An estimated 400,000 marched in Los Angeles, according to police.

    Well, that kind of humongous turnout (large driven by funny Spanish-language drive time radio DJs) has never been repeated. From today’s Los Angeles Times:

    Two sets of marchers converged on the Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon in what police described as a peaceful and modestly sized crowd compared to previous years.

    The LAT’s short video is well-worth watching to show how non-formidable these people are: a white activist chants slogans in Spanish while a limited number of short brown marchers echo his lead with an attempt at enthusiasm.