Hang in There, Gov
The curious thing is that they don’t offer an “instead”:
At least 250 people packed the Algonquin House on Broad Street for the 2 p.m. news conference, sponsored by Immigrants United, We Can Stop the Hate Rhode Island, Univocal Legislative Minority Advocacy and Hispanic Ministerial Association
Miguel Sanchez-Hartwein, executive director of the Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHisPA), noted that a letter was hand-delivered to Carcieri this morning. The letter calls Carcieri’s executive order “the biggest attack on the rights of immigrants in Rhode Island in at least a generation.”
At several points, people chanted “Un Pueblo Unido Jamàs sera Vencido!” (A united people will never be defeated).
“A people united will never be defeated.” What people? La Raza? And against whom are they marching — for what? And how would that united people address illegal immigration? The answer is that they would not, as the print edition version of the report goes on to illustrate:
Miguel Sanchez-Hartwein, executive director of the Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy and member of We Can Stop The Hate Rhode Island, said though Carcieri “makes it sound like illegal immigration here is out of control,” illegal immigrants account for between “1.9 and 3.7 percent” of Rhode Island’s immigrant population. U.S. Homeland Security and the Pew Hispanic Center estimate Rhode Island’s illegal immigrant population at between 20,000 and 40,000 people, he said.
It takes the “nation of immigrants” truism too far to make 2–4% of Rhode Island’s total population into only 1.9–3.7% of its immigrant population, but math aside, I wonder why the anxiety of legal immigrants’ fellow citizens and fellow legal residents over illegal immigration isn’t enough for them to begin “a constructive dialog” about working together to secure our borders and stop the inflow of illegals. As I’ve said, if legal residents are concerned about insufficient differentiation between them and the targeted subgroup, they ought to be working to expand the differences.
Or perhaps my suggestion misconstrues which people they mean to unite, and they worry that in following it they wouldn’t be inconquerable.