Monday, May 15, 2006
GUARD HEADS SOUTH: "IT PROBABLY MAKES ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS THE WAR OR ANY OTHER REMEDY THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN COMING UP WITH RIGHT NOW"
I'm sure lots of good ole Americans are thinking Bush's plan to send the National Guard to the Mexican border is a swell idea.
Some beg to differ.
The article below is from WXYZ News in Detroit.
Local Activists Rally Before President’s Speech
As President Bush prepared to announce his plan on immigration reform, a small group rallied outside the immigration offices in Detroit, Monday.
Illegal immigrants have been upset for months about congressional bills that would clamp down on their ability to stay in the U.S.
Monday, local activists had two goals in mind. First, to protest a Friday raid in southwest Detroit that lead to the arrest of 17 illegal immigrants and second, to protest Bush’s plan to use the National Guard to patrol the Mexican border.
Rally organizer, Elena Herrada, said, "The national guard being put on the Mexican border is the president’s remedy to the crisis of immigration right now. It probably makes about as much sense as the war or any other remedy the president has been coming up with right now. There are not enough people to send to Iraq right now and they’re going to militarize the Mexican border? I don’t know what they have in mind. It seems to me like there’s a lot of desperate people jockeying for some very hateful positions and our community is defenseless against it."
Detroit activists would like to see amnesty plans to make it easier for illegal immigrants to become American citizens and have planned multiple protests for Monday.
There are an estimated 150,000 illegal immigrants in Michigan and up to 12 million across the country.