According to the director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at the University of Northern Iowa, has estimated that 50,000 to 75,000 Latinos in Iowa are here illegally.
Guestimates would be more accurate if they doubled or tripled those figures.
Keeping that in mind there was a rally at the Iowa Statehouse against illegal immigration this past weekend, the Ragister reported 50 people attended.
In his remarks to the gathering Representative Steve King (R-IA) said the concept of a fence across the U.S.-Mexican border recently won approval from Congress because of grass-roots support from Americans who are unhappy about illegal immigration.
In a bit of a surprise there were no counter-protesters.
I say that because of the October 4th assault on the Minutemen at Columbia University. The groups founder (Jim Gilchrist) was invited to speak, but before he could do so the stage was stormed and a melee ensued.
Last Thursday the Ragister ran an opinion piece from David Goodner of the People's Republic of Johnson County (Iowa City) regarding the Columbia incident.
In the opinion of Goodner....I'm not sure which side of the free-speech issue to support. Everyone has a right to express his or her opinion, but racist scapegoating should not be up for academic discussion. Hate groups like the Minutemen do not present legitimate, reasonable debate.
This was after he noted....students jumped on stage during Gilchrist's speech and unfolded a banner that said, "No one is illegal." Hundreds of students chanted, "Minutemen, Nazis, KKK, racists, fascists, go away!" Unfortunately, the encounter soon turned violent.
Don't you just love Fiberals and their do as I say not as I do reality.
The only Free Speech they believe in is their own!
My friend Cal recently sent me this analogy regarding illegal immigration...
This summer large demonstrations were held across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.
Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests.
Let's say, I break into your house. Let's say, that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors; I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).
According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family's insurance plan, educate my kids, and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my right to be there.
It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm hard working and honest, um, except for, well, you know.
And what a deal it is for me!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice, and being an anti-housebreaker. Oh yeah, and I want you to learn my language so you can communicate with me.
Why can't people see how ridiculous this is?!
Only in America!