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Pro-Immigrant Demonstrators March Through Clarendon

by ARLnow.com — May 27, 2011 at 9:46 am 3,617 156 Comments

(Correction at 11:50 a.m. — A quote from Capt. Wasem has been removed. The quote was from his prepared remarks, but was not actually said during the rally.)

More than 100 demonstrators marched through the busy streets of Virginia Square, Clarendon and Courthouse last night in support of immigrant rights and against deportations.

The protesters, assisted by a police escort, marched from George Mason University’s Arlington campus to the Arlington County jail. Holding signs and chanting slogans in English and Spanish, the protesters made their message loud and clear for scores of bewildered bystanders and outdoor diners in Clarendon.

Once at the jail, a number of speakers addressed the crowd. Most condemned the federal ‘Secure Communities’ immigration enforcement program while praising Arlington for attempting to “opt-out” of the program.

“Arlington was one of the first communities to opt out of Secure Communities,” said Tenants and Workers United Interim Director Jennifer Morley. “When people who live in Arlington heard about it, they spoke out, the organized. Arlington knows that Secure Communities is not the kind of initiative we want in our community.”

“We are watching our elected officials closely,” said a priest. “You are our brothers and sisters and our children.”

“Washington, D.C. is a sanctuary community!” shouted Johnny Barnes, executive director of the ACLU’s National Capital Area chapter, to loud cheers.

A woman identified as “Elizabeth” tearfully spoke about how she was deported before, but made her way back to the area so she could support her young daughter, who has a heart condition.

Also speaking at the rally was Arlington County Police Capt. Jim Wasem, who spoke on behalf of the department. ACPD Chief Doug Scott has previously expressed concern that Secure Communities could dissuade immigrants from cooperating with police investigations.

“Arlington is a world class community that respects the human rights and dignity of all who work, live or visit here,” said Wasem. “The Arlington County Police Department has a long and proud history of community policing… We recognize that we would not be successful in our mission of delivering high quality police service if it were not for our relationships with our community partners.”

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  • Homeowner

    Last time I checked “legal” immigrants weren’t being deported. I’m just sayin’.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      +100

    • CC

      It does happen sometimes though. Even U.S. citizens were once rounded up and deported just for being non-white – they were just assumed to be illegals. It explains some of the distrust surrounding this issue.

      • Buzz

        When, pray tell, did this happen? Details.

        • doodly

          The Mexican Repatriation involved rounding up anyone in the Southwest who looked Mexican and shipping them off to Mexico in trains. Thousands of U.S. citizens were caught up in it.

          http://dnn.epcc.edu/nwlibrary/borderlands/24/mex%20repat.htm

          A google search on “US citizens deported” will bring up many news stories about different incidents of U.S. citizens being mistakenly deported in recent years, one or two at a time.

          • Sophia

            Those incidents of U.S. citizens being deported in recent years are isolated exceptions to the rule.

      • Burger

        I saw that movie to it was called “Born in East LA” It starred Cheech Marin. pretty funny.

        Oh, wait you were being serious.

        • CC

          Yes, I was being serious, because I get my knowledge from books and newspapers and stuff like that, instead of Cheech and Chong movies. Try it.

          • TGEoA

            And if you smoked weed you might be less obnoxious.

      • donald

        So why weren’t you deported, ya dirty little commie.

    • Thes

      To the contrary not only are legal immigrants sometimes deported but so are US citizens.

  • Steve

    Those police should be fired. Their job is to enforce law, not comment on it, nor proclaim that Arlington is a socialist workers paradise.

    • Max

      unless, of course, they hold your opinion.

      • Steve

        It’s not the job of police ot hold opinions and speak them while on duty. It’s their job to enforce laws.

      • Burger

        I think you are agreeing with Steve. But it is generally illegal for police to speak in their official capacity at political events, especially if they are in uniform.

        he can do what he wants in his freetime but there is no way he should be there in uniform.

        • CC

          Is it illegal?

        • Max

          In a suit or out of a suit really makes no differences to me. I actually don’t care. Plenty of apolitical officials speak out in favor or against policies that they agree with. In this case it was a police officer expressing his opinions on how to keep Arlington safer.

          On the other view, there’s Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona. His name is always preceded by his title of Sheriff, so I don’t see how it’s any different. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio

          • dynaroo

            No kidding. LEOs, especially at the highest levels, talk publicly about these issues all the time in public. It’s perfectly legal too.

    • John Fontain

      It was just community relations. He wasn’t supporting illegal immigration, he was just saying he wanted to have a good working relationship with the latino community.

    • ArlForester

      To be fair, the Police Chief was merely echoing the opinions of the people who hired him. Ask Michael Brown how things go when you don’t do that. You either embrace the revolution or it will come crashing down on you. Viva Arlington!!

      • doodly

        Doing what the people who hired you want – what a crazy concept.

        • ArlForester

          Your politics mimic your employer’s? Lemming says what?

    • John Snyder

      He said he wants APD to have good relations with the entire community. What is wrong with that? That is not stating support or opposition to any law. It is good police policy, and certainly not illegal in any way. I am glad APD is working to keep my community safe rather than pandering to xenophobic bigotry.

      • Sophia

        It has absolutely nothing to do with xenophobic bigotry. Illegal aliens are lawbreakers who have no right to be in the USA.

  • Hank HIll

    Where was ICE? Protesters should have been arrested and deported. They are not welcomed in Arlington.

    • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

      Illegal protesters should have been arrested and deported. Legal protesters are welcome unless they have a noisy motorcycle.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        LOL!

    • Max

      Wicked solution bro! Everyone who doesn’t agree with you should be arrested and deported. I’m sure you came up with that idea all by yourself.

    • John Snyder

      My immigrant ancestors came here from countries where protesters and minorities were routinely arrested. Nothing could be more anti-American than your statement.

  • DT

    I have never met someone who isn’t for immigration. Now illegal immigration, that’s another story.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      +1000!

      • DC123

        -1000! Seriously, have you been officially given the point-giving baton for the ARLnow commentariat, or something? ;) I see +10s and +100s all over the place with your name on it.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          It’s how I choose to comment. Other persons commenting on ARLNow do so also.

          • DC123

            -1000000 :(

          • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

            -6.02 x 10^23

          • doodly

            -90210

    • CC

      “I have never met someone who isn’t for immigration.”

      Rest assured, there are many out there though.

      • ArlForester

        They must be hanging out with all those big bad guvmint henchmen who round up legal immigrants and keep them from their school work. LMAO

      • Juanita de Talmas

        I am against all immigration. There are too damn many people here as it is.

        Zero Population Growth!

  • Carlos

    Mexico’s #1 Export — Poverty
    Mexico’s #2 Export — Corruption
    Mexico’s #3 Export — Drugs

    What a wonderful neighbor!

    • June

      My guess for # 1 export – their people!

  • DudeGuy

    It is pretty simple. Illegal Immigrant = deport, Legal Immigrant = ice cream and taxes!

    • Homeowner

      And cupcakes!

  • Danville Mayor

    I love the woman who said she was deported, and then came back here. Send her and her daughter back to the country she came from.

    • Chip Chipperson

      Stupid “anchor babies!” I don’t need a baby as an anchor. My boat already has one tss tss!

  • (another) Greg

    I don’t think any of the protesters are for illegal immigration, either.

    Rather, one of the key goals is a rationalization and simplification of the cumbersome immigration processes through which foreign nationals must undergo to be classified as a “legal” immigrant.

    • Steve

      Why? It’s much easier to come here illegally than it is to follow the rules. Plus you’ll get in state tuition apparently if you go toplaces like arlington wishes it could be, like MD.

    • dynaroo

      “I don’t think any of the protesters are for illegal immigration, either.”

      What about “Elizabeth?”

    • Thes

      Indeed, this graphic presentation shows how there is really no realistic legal way to immigrate unless you already have relatives in the United States. The idea that most people could truly wait in line” for a spot is almost a myth.

      • Thes

        Fixed link is here. Sorry.

      • Buzz

        Are you kidding? There are plenty of opportunities if you have the skills and education that the country needs. If you talking about illiterates with few skills, then you are correct (but do we need 10 million more illiterates?). But ever notice how advocates for illegals always talk about “scientists” and “valedictorians”? Talk about bait and switch.

      • TuesdaysChild

        This does not give people the right to break the law. There is no “natural right” to emigrate to the united states.

        The law is fine. It needs stricter enforcement.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          +100,000

        • Steve

          If you look at the protesters, and the comments of the police, and no doubt the county board, they are of the marxist persuasion. The “world citizen” thing, the living and working where you want is a “human right” thing….

          • dynaroo

            Give it a rest, Steve.

          • Steve

            Give what a rest? did you not bother to look at the pictures? Are you denying that the marxists are behind this?

          • dynaroo

            Oh, Steve.

          • Vinh An Nguyen

            C’mon, dynaroo, don’t you see all of those Hammer & Sickle flags and Lenin busts?

        • Westover

          The law is fine? There are businesses that would not function without the low cost labor provided by immigrants. Yet, we only allow 10,000 of those immigrants in a year legally, and then wonder why we have so many sneaking in around the border check points. The law that has not kept up with reality numbers is why we have this problem.

      • dynaroo

        The fact that it’s difficult to immigrate to the U.S. does not justify illegal immigration.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Right on!

        • Westover

          It is not that it is mearly difficult, it is actually nearly impossible for someone with little means or education.

          • dynaroo

            The fact that it’s nearly impossible for someone with little means or education does not justify illegal immigration.

          • ArlForester

            The same can apply to owning a Lexus. I guess you’re okay with people just stealing one since the making enough money to actually buy one can be such an arduous task.

    • DC123

      Thank you. A rational comment on here, for once.

  • Stephanie

    The people posting on this board are probably not from Arlington.

    • CC

      Anyone on this board not from Arlington? Speak up.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      Yes we are. Some of us are even legal immigrants.

  • DT

    I hope ICE does its job and finds “Elizabeth” and sends her home.

  • shirley

    not a single county elected official. including any who are first generation-Americans and CLAIM to be for the rights of immigrants. a true “Democratic” party would have had a ton of politicians out there supporting the downtrodden. a great liberal cause not attended by any of our so-called liberal elected officials.

  • Stephanie

    When I said not from Arlington, I meant you obviously didn’t grow up here.

    • dynaroo

      Oh, the delicious, juicy irony of suggesting that if you didn’t grow up here your opinion doesn’t count — on a thread about immigration.

      • JamesE

        She’s right, I grew up in Vienna and Fairfax.

        • ArlForester

          INTERLOPER!!!!

  • Arrrrrlington

    I’m from Arlington. I have no problem with immigrants coming to our country, but I do have a problem with them doing it illegally. Pay your taxes and do not mooch off our entitlement programs (ie. Welfare).

    If you wish to come to this country, we have a legal process you must follow. Yes it is annoying and takes forever. This way, you’ll learn to hate government bureaucracy and inefficiency as much as the rest of us.

    Also, if you want an easier time coming to this country, please have some sort of skill that people are willing to pay you for. We have a shortage of engineers and skilled tradesmen in this country. Those professions also pay very well.

    If you have no skills except the ability to show up on time everyday for menial manual labor, please stay home. We have our own lower class to worry about. They need jobs too, but at least they’ll also pay their taxes.

    If you need medical help, Canada has free healthcare. Why don’t you go there if you want to live in a country illegally? Much easier to cross their borders. Yeah, it’s cold. But Scotty Gomez is on the Canadiens. Use his heritage to dip your toes into ice hockey.

    • JamesE

      +1 for Scott Gomez reference

      • Burger

        Is the irony that Scott Gomez American and really an Alaskan, to boot. His about as Mexican as I am.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      +10,000

    • FedUp

      I have problems with illegal immigration also. But, they do pay taxes: sales tax, restaurant tax, etc.

      • Stephanie

        Agreed. Also, if they are illegal, how could they possibly “mooch” off of welfare?

        • ArlForester

          They might, you know, um, I don’t know, wait for it………do it illegally!

          • doodly

            Nah, they never use fake documents or stolen SS numbers or anything like that. It’s unheard of.

          • Westover

            It is actually harder to get benifits with a bogus/stolen SSN than it is to get employed and pay taxes under one. No evidence that anyone has tried to collect with my SSN, but multiple people have been useing mine to work. Don’t know if they stole it or just randomly hit on mine, but there are folks out there using it.

        • Sophia

          Illegal aliens can use their American citizen “anchor babies” to legally qualify for welfare, food stamps, WIC, etc.

      • Sophia

        American lawbreakers also pay taxes: sales tax, restaurant tax, etc. So, are people going to start rallying in support of American lawbreakers?

  • Hank HIll

    we could use more highly skilled and educated immigrants (i.e. doctors, scientists, engineers). we have plenty of citizens who are willing to bus tables and landscape.

    • Max

      Unfortunately, once those skilled, educated immigrants come here, they have to start all over again. I met an Albanian Chemist who, after obtaining a PhD in Chemistry in Tirana, had to redo her undergraduate and later graduate work when she came here. Plenty of people who might bus your table and landscape your lawn were physicians or dentists back home. The solace in this is that those former physicians/scientists etc. are mostly here legally.

      • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

        i had a staff of people on H1 visas. The biggest problem many of them faced is that most of them could not document their educational credentials because of this war or that war or this change in government. Highly skilled people doing entry level work because I could not verify their professional skills and they could not get a professional license in the US.

  • TuesdaysChild

    It is outrageous the Arlington Police would speak at a political rally on this issue.

    • Steve

      Exactly. It’s shameless. That spokesman needs to be fired.

      • John Fontain

        I’m guessing you meant shameful.

        He didn’t support their cause, he was there to foster good community relations. The police did the right thing by being there.

    • Max

      It’s outrageous that they want to support policies that keep Arlingtonians safe!

  • RJ

    One of the biggest tragedies of this whole debate is that many peoples’ tolerance, even support, of ILLEGAL immigration disrespects the many millions who bothered to go through the hassle of immigrating here legally, gaining permanent resident status or even becoming American citizens. Immigration advocates should honor those legal immigrants, not those who chose to break the law.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Exactly, RJ!

      • DC123

        Puh-leese. I’m willing to bet that very few of the folks on here who are always harping about how the poor, legal immigrants get screwed as a result of illegal immigration know anything about the immigration process itself or legal immigrants’ own support of immigration reform. Not surprisingly, a large percentage of legal immigrants support immigration reform.

        In fact, polls consistently show that a majority of Americans (and not just immigrants…) support immigration reform, which involves making illegal immigrants who are already here pass background checks, pay fines, etc. before making them “legal”.

        Supporting immigration reform doesn’t mean blindly accepting all illegal immigrants, but it does mean not being so unrealistic as to assume that you can deport everyone who is already here.

        • doodly

          I wonder how many marchers would consider Cesar Chavez a hero.

          I wonder how many know that Chavez marched to the Mexican border to protest illegal immigration, joined by national civil rights leaders.

          • John Bowman

            Chavez did more than march to the border, the UFW members would beat up any illegals they found and turn them over to border patrol.

        • Sophia

          Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.

        • John Bowman

          I have sponsored numerous immigrants including my wife, her relatives, adopted daughter, and employees. Every one of them thinks the US government discriminates against them, by making them follow the laws while giving millions of Mexicans/Central Americans a pass.

          You can read more about it at the Immigrant Rights Foundation, http://www.immigrantrightsfoundation.org.

  • Binyamin Netanyahu

    What’s the big deal about one people moving in on another people’s land? Hell, I wouldn’t say anything if these immigrants started to build settlements on native-born American’s land.

    • Chief Powhatan

      Bite me, Netanyahu.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jennrubenstein jenn

    i continue to be completely stunned by those people who stubbornly refuse to see immigration as anything but a simple black and white issue.

    • CC

      Immigration isn’t a black and white issue. Enforcing laws against ILLEGAL immigration is. As long as you confused the two, you’re going to get nowhere.

      • Chad

        So, what you are saying is that it’s a Black, White and Brown issue?

  • Chad

    Sometimes, when I am bored, I go down to the Home Depot on Route 50 and hire all of the people looking for work. They get in my pick up and I go and drop them off at INS. It’s fairly amusing.

    • BluemontSupporter

      +1000

  • Ballstonian

    Few things. Enforcing illegal immigration is bad for business. Not sure how many of you Arlingtonian’s look at the construction sites around here, or the people who clean your office building, or even your residence, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say let’s estimate at least 50% or more are illegal. Definitely don’t see the same crowd that shows up at Clarendon on a Friday evening doing those jobs around here…hell if I could hire one to answer all my work e-mails that would be awesome.

    Second, criminals create crime, illegals and legals among them, it’s not a crime issue. It’s old fashioned xenophobia. So I have an idea, how about if they’re illegal they have to wear golden sombrero’s on all there clothes? Kinda like the South of the Border logo on I-95? Then after a while when that’s not enough, we’ll say certain occupations they aren’t allowed to do, and then finally move them to a camp in the mid-west.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m fortunate my great grand parents immigrated here from Belarus during the Russian revolution. People from Mexico want an opportunity in this country, hell we have the space, it’s not like we’re China and need to adopt a one child policy.

    Maybe the compromise is if they’re illegal they have to do some type of quasi-indentured servitude to Uncle Sam. Military, civil service, etc. Say 6 years or so, then they become a US citizen. Small price to pay for US citizenship…

    Anyway, hate to break it to you folks, but ICE enforcement of illegal immigration will not stop it, might slow its rapid growth down some, but in the end it’s a waste of money.

    • James

      I think the public service option is a good idea. I think everyone should read “Starship Troopers” by Robert Heinlein. He proposed much the same idea.

  • Jimmy

    These libs are simply trying to further blur the lines between citizen and non-citizen, illegal and legal. First it was undocumented workers, now they want to to drop the negative portion of the term and just call them all immigrants.

    • CC

      I’m a “lib” who opposes illegal immigration. Enough with the labels, they only make things worse.

      • Hattie McDaniel

        Please don’t expect conservatives to move beyond name-calling. Their steady diet of Rush and Hannity brainwashes them to think (and I use the term loosely) in that manner.

        • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

          As does MSNBC for the liberals.

          • doodly

            Yeah right. Seriously.

        • ArlForester

          Yes, because we all know that Olberman and Maddow never call people names. Oops, better clean that off your shoe. You just stepped in something.

  • Michelle Palin

    do we need 10 million more illiterates

    Also known as “the Republican base”.

    • Sophia

      Michelle: Grow up and cease with the childish comments.

  • South Arlington Ready

    The issue here is breaking the law or obeying it.

    If I drive 55 mph down Columbia Pike, I am breaking the law and CAN DAMN WELL guarantee I will get a speeding ticket. And I will pay it.

    If I don’t agree with federal taxation, does that mean I can “opt out?” Sounds crazy huh?

    If my family is independently wealth and I still choose to work, does that mean I can opt out of Social Security too? I won’t need it (and there won’t be anything left anyway.) Sounds even more ridiculous right?

    Point being: it is ridiculous for our County Board to presume that there would be a method for them to “Opt Out” of a federal program aimed at law enforcement.

    What if a house full of undocumented aliens were found to be living a few blocks from the Pentagon and happened to of Middle Eastern heritage and were practicing Muslims? Would the attitude of our County Board and Police Department be different? Damn right it would.

    This country is governed under the rule of law. Every little erosion of the law moves us closer to the very countries that these immigrants are trying to escape.

    • Westover

      Speeding down Coloumbia Pike is not crimminal(unless you hit and kill someone) You will only be going to traffic court. Now murder, theft, rape, dealing drugs: those are true crimminal activities. Working on a bogus or expired visa, unless in a National Security Job, I do not see as the same level of crime. Yes, if someone engages in activity that is a crime in its own right, run their prints/name,etc. But let’s be serious about what is realy a crime, and what is a minor infraction of a law.

      • dynaroo

        Small crimes are still crimes.

      • South Arlington Ready

        The point is when you chose to break the law, you also chose to accept the consequences of breaking it.

        This notion that we ought to just look the other way and allow to continue is crap.

        Play by the rules or don’t play.

        Ask some naturalized US Citizens how they feel about the undocumented aliens. You may be surprised.

      • doodly

        So what exactly do you propose we do to illegal immigrants for their “minor infractions of the law?” What’s the proper punishment or response?

        • ArlForester

          Deportation. I don’t care about the infraction. There are no levels of being here illegally.

          • doodly

            Okay, I was curious about Westover’s response since he thinks it’s like speeding.

          • Josh S

            Well, we’ve seen the Marxist bugaboo earlier in the thread. I’ll throw out the fascist bugaboo. ArlForester’s blind refusal to see nuance and instead apply the laws of the state without question to oppose and expel outsiders seems like budding fascism to me….

            that one in the spotlight – he don’t look right to me,
            get him up against the wall

          • ArlForester

            Nah, just enforcing the immigration laws. Sorry they’re not as flexible as you’d like.

        • Annie Jo

          The punishment for Illegals, being here, Illegally is Deportation. Even the Illegals know what the punishment is. That is why they do not want Secure Communities. Anything that will bring them out of the shadows and under the scrutiny of the law, they know, they are suppose to be Deported. Except for Arlington police, who support criminal activity, unless it is an American committing a crime.

          Anyone who supports the organized crime of Illegal Immigration, is for discriminating against every U.S. citizen, who has to follow our laws.

          This is not an Arlington issue. This is an American issue. Americans are watching what these so called police officers are doing. Americans are starting to wonder, why in the heck are we following our laws? If Illegals can break our laws, then we can break our laws. We believe in true Equality.

          All of you supporting illegal immigration, are supporting lawlessness and hatred for the American people. You want to deny our American children, the same Equal Rights, as foreign children. The right to a sovereign nation.

          We have the same Equal right as Mexico, or any nation. The right to Deport anyone in our country, without our permission. If you disagree with that, you are an Anti-American bigot. You are not for Equal Rights for Everyone. Just lawless Illegal Aliens.

          It is not only criminal what these low-life police officers are doing, but it is Treason. They are assisting Illegal Foreign Nationals to trespass on U.S. Sovereign Soil. You can hate America all you want, but it does not change the fact, that this is a sovereign nation with Immigration laws. Immigration laws, that we have the right to enforce.

          There is going to be a major revolt in this country, by the American people. Again. Why should we follow our laws, when these Illegals are breaking our laws? Don’t think for one second, this is going to have a good outcome.

      • Steve

        If you drive fast enough, it becomes reckless driving,which is criminal. I assure you, if in VA you drive 25 mph over the speed limit, you will be going to jail.

      • Sophia

        Every illegal alien who has worked in the United States has committed one or more of the following crimes (some are felonies): ID Theft, Document Fraud, Social Security Fraud, Employment (I-9 Form) Fraud, Conspiracy to Violate Immigration Laws, and Income Tax Evasion.

  • Arlingtonian

    The positvely insane belief that we should stop all deportations because a few legalcitizens each year get deported, is like saying we should stop prosecuting robbery because a few innocent people get arrested. No legal system is perfect. A responsible society works to reduce legal mistakes, not give up on law and order because sometimes it fails.

    • idi Amin Dada

      That was always my philosophy in Uganda.

      • Arlingtonian

        Then by that logic all countries everywhere should stop enforcing all laws. Luckily the absurdity of your statement only weakens your own case to anyone reading.

  • Roquer

    I think it’s absolutely detestable that the Arlington Police would have ANYTHING to say in this demonstration. This demonstration has to do with removing the capabilities of the police to detect and remove criminals from society. If the police in any way are cooperating with this group, then it’s the first step toward corruption of the police.

    • Annie Jo

      It is Total Corruption by these police. What a joke. Saying they are police officers, when they are marching with a bunch of Illegal Aliens. Every Illegal, is a criminal. These police officers are criminals and deserve, far more, than just being fired.

  • Steve

    I agree that illegal immigration is a problem. But a bigger problem is that lots of Americans seem to have lost the confidence that we can take people from other countries and turn them into Americans.

    • James

      How about the people who broke the laws of their counties to get here? Like the Cubans for instance. Just asking.

      • jim

        are you defending the cuba dictator that kills political opponents. that’s really offensive.

    • ArlForester

      Why bother to assimilate? America accommodates those who don’t want to.

      • James

        I would hope that the idea of being an American is strong enough to make people want to sign up for it.

  • Just Me

    God we live in Hell.

  • Bewildered

    I question the choice of venue for this protest. Arlington is one of the most liberal parts of the region. As noted in the article, and as evident in the photos, people were bewildered. I believe that the result of the march was counterproductive to its intent.

  • TMP

    It saddens me that I live in a county that doesn’t respect the rule of law. The county board opted out of a law enforcement program and representatives of our police force inappropriately are speaking at political rallies on duty when they should be apolitical. Our tax dollars at work, paying for political speeches against enforcing the laws of our nation. I’m not anti-immigrant, just against illegal immigration. Hard to believe that someone will become a good citizen when the first thing they have done on American soil is to break its laws.

    • James

      Ask any person in the world why America is so special and why they want to live here. I don’t think many would answer that it’s our great respect for the law.

  • June

    We ceased being a nation of laws when the first illegal was allowed to stay.

    • James

      Rolls eyes.

  • John Bowman

    im·mi·grant (m-grnt)
    n.
    1. A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.

    So why does ARL think every foreigner who wishes to has the right to permanently live and work in the USA with no respect for our laws or the large negative consequeses imposed upon Americans? Why is ARL so indifferent and unfeeling to the mounting plight of American citizens? Why does ARL think only foreigners should have rights, and Americans should have none?

    • doodly

      Why do you think “ARL” thinks that? Who is “ARL” anyway?

  • Bonnie

    If anyone disagrees with our American immigration laws..
    well there are a few doors out of the United States.

    LEAVE!

    We don’t need you!

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  • jane doe

    “Immigrant” is NOT the same as ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT. Being descended from legal immigrants, it’s enraging how the illegal movement tries to make them equivalent when they couldn’t be more opposite !

    • John Bowman

      You can help by not using the term “illegal immigrant”, since as explained above the word “immigrant” implies permanent residency and thus some legitimacy. They are not immigrants of any type, they are intruding foreign criminals who should be promptly deported

      The anti-American press uses terms like illegal immigrant, undocumented workers, etc. to make them sound almost the same as lawful immigrants. Since they are exactly the opposite, use an opposite term.

      • http://blacknell.net/dynamic MB

        John Bowman, I’m pretty sure that you’ve broken a law in your lifetime. Henceforth, I shall refer to you as The Criminal.

        Helpful, no?

        • John Bowman

          Criminals commit felonies, I have never committed a felony, let alone multiple felonies continuously for years and decades, illegally making hundreds of thousands like most illegal alien criminals do.

          Since you adore these foreign criminals so much why don’t you give your US citizens to the one of your choice and permanently move to their country.

          • doodly

            Criminals commit crimes, felons commit felonies. Sorry, but you can’t go around redefining words.

        • John Bowman

          Maybe this will help:

          criminal [ˈkrɪmɪnəl]
          n
          a person who commits crimes for a living

          Or if you prefer we can call them intruding foreign felon comitting criminals, is that clear enough for you?

      • doodly

        Immigrant does not imply legal status. Hence the term “illegal immigrant.” Duh.

  • Fred

    Once again, there are those who support illegal immigration. The end result in future years will be the dismemberment of America as a nation. Those Americans, religious organizations, labor unions, and corporations, supporting their cause will only hasten the day when this country becomes a third world country. We will be a nation of low moral values, financially unstable, a high crime rate, and welfare that is out of control. Very sad indeed.

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