As thousands rallied on the Mall today, Senator Lindsey Graham ‘…had no kind words for the president’s words, accusing him of ignoring immigration and paying lip service only for temporary political reasons.’ In a press release March 18 the president indicated he expected Senator Graham and Senator Schumer would provide a model for comprehensive immigration reform.http://www.thehill.com/homenews/senate/86631-graham-obama-just-paying-lip-service-to-immigration
Senator Graham also accused Obama of undermining the last attempt for immigration reform when he was in the Senate. Graham made these comments in an interview on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ Obama has yet to offer a plan of his own.
President Obama appeared before the crowd of demonstrators in a video again reassuring the crowd he would do everything in his power for meaningful immigration reform. There are about 12 million undocumented immigrants. March organizers said people traveled from around the country in hopes the rally will re-energize the legislative effort to create a mechanism for them to gain legal status.http://www.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_immigration_march .
Indications are about 10,000 demonstrators participated today falling short of demonstrations in 2006 and 2007. An article in the Denver Post on March 20 stated that organizers of the march were reaching out to the African-Americans in an effort to bring the two communities together around the issue.
The campaign includes ads for the march along the East Coast asking for support. This is part of a broader strategy to bring Latino, black and Asian civil rights groups together in a common cause. The idea is for a radical coalition that will move the illegal immigration issue to an American issue, leading to a plea of illegal immigration as a human rights issue.
This may be a difficult coalition to build. Most African-Americans and Asians are here legally. Africans had their own history of coming to the US as slaves and fighting for their own human rights. Asians for the most part cannot walk across the border to immigrate, and have been immigrated here legally for various reasons.
According to http://www.numbersusa.org , Roy Beck states we had 250,000 immigrants per year until 1965. The numbers elevated slightly, but not dramatically. Then in 1965 the Congress in their wisdom changed the law. Immigrants prior to 1965 could sponsor their spouse and children to the United States.The law was changed in 1965 to allow the sponsorship of all relatives of a legal immigrant.
In 1965, the number of immigrants soared to 1,000,000 per year and that does not include illegals. The 1,000,000 legal immigrants is matched by 1,000,000 illegal immigrants per year. Stayed tuned.