Thursday, February 26, 2009

Not Immigration! ILLEGAL Immigration!

I realize it just doesn't have the same MSM headline effect to clarify that we are debating ILLEGAL immigration in this country right now. Leaving out that one word really does change the feel and sentiment of the whole story...therefore rendering what the press is spoon feeding the people a serious lack of journalistic integrity (we may think they have none anyway, but they hold themselves above the common folk in their own minds and circles)

"... An immigration showdown is brewing on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where simmering tensions and borderline hostility have fueled a turf war between the local community and the Border Patrol agents assigned to protect it.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union has jumped into the ring and upped the ante, rolling out a campaign that will install signs [pictured] inside buses informing riders of their rights — to ignore Border Patrol agents.

The campaign, which could start as early as next week, is the latest in a series of expanding grassroots efforts aimed at curbing the expansion of Border Patrol forces and the powers of its agents.

Last summer the Border Patrol beefed up its presence in the region, and in October it began conducting random roadside stops at checkpoints located at and within the international border to combat, what it says, is a real threat to national security.

This move has put them at odds with human rights groups and even local law enforcement — some who have rejected federal immigration money to protest the Border Patrol's tactics.

The ACLU has joined forces with left-leaning groups around the state — lavender farmers, retirees, activists, grandparents, Socialists, Green Party members, politicians, Unitarians, Christians, vineyard owners, hippies and other assorted protesters — who say these measures have infringed on people's civil liberties.

They say Border Patrol agents spend their time rounding up illegal immigrants well inland of the border and wasting their resources and manpower by conducting immigration status checks on local buses and at random checkpoints on roads well inside the border..." (source)

...and I guess we arrive back at the same question that is posed about Club GITMO... If you are not an American citizen, are you afforded the same liberties and rights as if you were? Yes, you should be afforded HUMAN RIGHTS...but IMO those that knowingly broke our laws shouldn't be looking for protection under them.

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