Protest on illegal immigrant raids likens them to Nazi oppression

22 12 2006

Cross Posted by Leaning Straight Up

The comparison kind of pisses me off.  Everytime some group wants to add shock to a claim, they draw a Nazi analogy, which only serves to diminish the horror of the Nazis.

Suddenly ICE officials are the Gestapo oppressing the peaceful law abiding Jews, not US officials enforcing both Imiigration and Identity Theft laws.

Hispanic groups call for moratorium on work raids

U.S. Hispanic groups and activists on Thursday called for a moratorium on workplace raids to round up illegal immigrants, saying they were reminiscent of Nazi crackdowns on Jews in the 1930s.  

They accused the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of “racial profiling,” or selective enforcement against Hispanics, for arresting 1,300 workers on immigration violations in December 12 raids at meatpacking plants in six states.

“We are demanding an end to these immigration raids, where they are targeting brown faces. That is major, major racial profiling, and that cannot be tolerated,” said Rosa Rosales, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, at a news conference.

Short answer.  NO.  If the people are here on legal work permits they have no cause for concern.  The quote from this article that irritates me the most is this:

“This unfortunately reminds me of when Hitler began rounding up the Jews for no reason and locking them up,” Democratic Party activist Carla Vela said. “Now they’re coming for the Latinos, who will they come for next?” (emphasis added)

The groups, which included LULAC, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, sent letters to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, urging a halt to the raids.

Who is next?  Answer:  Anyone who violates immigration laws.

You seem to forget that the people in question were NOT rounded up for no reason.  They were rounded up for violating Federal Immigration laws, Identity Theft laws, Social Security laws and other crimes.

Crimes.  Get it?

Chertoff explains:

Chertoff said the raids showed that illegal immigrants, estimated to number 12 million in the United States, contributed to the problem of identity theft because they worked under false or stolen identities.

Exactly.  Would these people who protest be so upset if their identity had been stolen?

“Every labor-intensive industry including the hospitality, construction, agriculture and restaurant industries will be adversely impacted if these raids continue,” Rosales said.

Wah!  As the recent hiring blitz showed, there are plenty of legal workers wanting to take those jobs after all.

And maybe if the companies do not want their workforce disrupted they should excercise more care in who they hire, instead of looking the other way in a wink nudge fashion, and then cry foul when their workers are eventually caught.

And I still call for employers to face increasingly harsher penalties for hiring illegals.

This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII).

If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition…. brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com……and let me know at what level you would like to participate.



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