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March 23, 2010

Re: Mexican flags at immigration march

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries

PH2010032101443.jpgThere's this rather appropriate take from a WaPo blog (although I should make clear that I disagree with the writer's obvious support for immigration reform; instead, I support Mark Krikorian's argument that in today's America, immigration weakens our common national identity, limits opportunities for upward mobility, threatens our security and sovereignty, strains resources for social programs, and disrupts middle-class norms of behavior):

What I don't understand is the claim by some at the march that those here illegally are somehow victims.

Did they not choose to come to this country, and did they not know that they either entered illegally or illegally overstayed visas? Of course they did. Do they not appreciate that one of the things that makes this country great is the rule of law -- unlike, sadly, some of the countries we leave behind? If so, undocumented immigrants must take responsibility for their plight. Finally, I found it offensive that some people in yesterday's march waved the flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador while demanding rights and privileges from this country. The flags and the demands for action "NOW!" suggested a sort of arrogance and entitlement when humility would have been more in order. Perhaps these marchers meant the flags as symbols of cultural or ethnic identity and not as political banners of foreign sovereigns. Perhaps they meant absolutely no offense and are at once proud of their heritage and sincere in their desire to become Americans. I trust that they did."

The post practically makes Krikorian's case for him.

H/t - The Patriot Room

Posted by Richard at March 23, 2010 9:47 AM

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