Monday, May 01, 2006

Speaking of Tancredo

"I couldn't be happier (with the protests) because every single time this kind of thing happens, the polls show that more and more Americans turn against the protesters and whatever it is they are trying to advance."

Republican leader predicts immigration backlash

"My guess is that Americans are going to say 'What are those people doing waving all those other flags and what's this about changing the national anthem into Spanish?"

But Tancredo faces some opposition even from within his own party, where business-minded Republicans, including Bush, say the economy needs migrant labor to do jobs many Americans don't want.

Exactly which jobs will Americans not do? I don’t recall a big citrus shortage back in the 90s. Nor do I believe we were short of meat packers, nannies or landscapers.

For the second time in as many months, I have suffered the insult of having Mexican and Salvadorian flags waved in my face while stuck in traffic. There were more American flags this time, along with a few banners with communist slogans on them supporting various (illegal) workers parties. It warms my heart to know that my taxes support this kind of entertainment.

And then there is this...

A Day Without an Illegal Immigrant

But if illegal aliens all took the day off and were truly invisible for one day, there would be some plusses along with the mild inconveniences.

Hospital emergency rooms across the southwest would have about 20-percent fewer patients, and there would be 183,000 fewer people in Colorado without health insurance.

OBGYN wards in Denver would have 24-percent fewer deliveries and Los Angeles’s maternity-ward deliveries would drop by 40 percent and maternity billings to Medi-Cal would drop by 66 percent.

Youth gangs would see their membership drop by 50 percent in many states, and in Phoenix, child-molestation cases would drop by 34 percent and auto theft by 40 percent.