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April 4, 2006
Boycott For Illegals On May Day

The traditional Communist holiday of May Day has been selected for a boycott protesting the push to secure the southern border of the United States, the Washington Times reports this morning. The timing is not coincidental, as the Stalinist sympathizers International ANSWER has led the effort to stage the economic protest:

Immigration rights organizers today will call for a nationwide boycott of work, school and shopping on May 1 to protest congressional efforts to clamp down on illegal aliens as part of pending immigration-reform legislation.

he "Great American Boycott of 2006" is only one in a series of large-scale events the protesters hope will sway lawmakers to put millions of illegal aliens on track toward permanent residency and U.S. citizenship.

"The massive March 25 march and rally in Los Angeles of well over one million immigrant workers and their supporters -- along with protests and student walkouts throughout the United States -- is irrefutable evidence that a new civil rights and workers' rights movement is on the rise," said Raul Murillo, one of the key organizers and president of the Hermandad Mexicana Nacional. ...

The Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) coalition, which organized the Los Angeles march to win "full rights for undocumented workers," is confident its new "national action" will prove successful.

ANSWER's steering committee includes the Free Palestine Alliance, the Partnership for Civil Justice, the Nicaragua Network, the Korea Truth Commission, the Muslim Student Association, the Mexico Solidarity Network and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. It denounces as racism attempts to criminalize illegal aliens.

The selection of May Day as its target date reveals much of the philosophical underpinning of the illegals movement. They wish to deny the United States sovereignty over their own territory and control of its own borders. It follows from their political ambition to recreate the Communist hegemony that died in Europe from its own internal rot and to fuel the notion of mob rule in the name of a rising proletariat. Workers of the world, unite! and all that.

Someone should have warned them about the obvious nature of the date, but then again, the I-ANSWER crowd has always worn its love of Stalinism on its sleeve -- right next to the Che Guevara images it wears on its chest.

It seems like a rather stupid idea, anyway, and one almost guaranteed to backfire on its promoters. For one thing, May 1 is a Monday, traditionally the worst day of the week for retail business anyway. Travel will be light, and restaurants more or less empty regardless of the boycott. Most travelers will have checked out of their hotels the previous day. If one could pick a day with the least amount of impact on the traditional job categories for illegals and their interaction with the public, May 1 has to rank in the top three this year.

And besides its watered-down economic impact, the notion that people who entered the country illegally will now obstruct American citizens and legal residents from conducting their business will generate as much sympathy as the sea of Mexican flags did during last week's protests. It will backfire and polarize the immigration debate, generating more calls for strict enforcement and undercutting reasonable compromise. Why? Because most Americans will not back down when confronted with unreasonable demands, and the demands of the I-ANSWER crowd for unlimited and unfettered border crossings, complete with automatic qualification for the entire range of government safety-net programs, is completely unreasonable.

The proponents of illegal immigrants have continued to tie their own shoelaces together as a political strategy, and this will provide yet another embarrassing stumble.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 4, 2006 7:19 AM

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