Immigration amnesty not nearly as popular in CA as gay rights

Immigration amnesty not nearly as popular in CA as gay rights

There really has been a genuine change in American views of gay rights. The longer the Republican Party sees its members look at this new world and then act out in the fashion of the Arizona legislature, the harder it will be for the GOP to maximize its power.

IllegalImmigrantBut while many millions of voters are increasingly comfortable with the equating of anti-black discrimination and anti-gay discrimination, they don’t necessarily slip into the same stance when it comes to immigration — specifically the idea that racial animus drives those who question amnesty or amnesty-lite policies that trivialize federal laws.

Consider the fallout from a court ruling last week of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This is from the L.A. Times’ account:

“SAN FRANCISCO — An attorney is vowing to appeal a federal court ruling that a Northern California high school that asked students to remove American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo acted reasonably to avoid igniting ethnic tensions.

“The ruling stemmed from a 2010 incident that provoked angry commentary across the country and a lawsuit by students claiming their constitutional rights had been violated.

“An attorney for three students who sued said he would ask a larger panel of the 9th Circuit to overturn the ruling.

“‘I am pretty astonished that in this country you can’t express your patriotic freedom without offending people of other national origins,’ said William Becker Jr., who represented the students on behalf of FreedomX, a nonprofit he heads to advocate free-speech cases for conservatives and Christians.

“If the school feared a disturbance, it should have canceled the Cinco de Mayo celebration, ‘not deprived students of their 1st Amendment rights to patriotic expression,’ he said.

“In siding with the Morgan Hill Unified School District, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said administrators at Live Oak School had reason to fear the flag attire might spark a potentially violent race-related disturbance during the school-sanctioned celebration of the Mexican holiday.”

Recipe for blowback

Since this ruling came down, I have seen lots of reaction that says the decision makes sense, given school administrators’ responsibility to keep students safe.

But I have not seen a single white Californian — in print, in emails, on Twitter, anywhere — who thinks the white students did something wrong or who is comfortable with how this mess played out then and now. One Dem I know said he would have filibustered school board meetings for the rest of his life before allowing his daughter to go to a school in a district that sent kids home for wearing U.S. flags in a proud way.

My point here is going to be muddled no matter what because of my ambivalence on this issue. If I lived in Mexico and wanted my family to have a better life, I wouldn’t think twice about breaking U.S. law to come here. I also think that America needs a big influx of people to pay for the Baby Boomers going on the dole.

But I also think there is massive intellectual dishonesty on the part of many of those who support illegal immigration or who report on the issue. If you add millions of unskilled laborers to the U.S. work force, of-bleeping-course the unskilled laborers who are already in the U.S. work force will suffer. That group includes mostly minorities. How come this is never mentioned?

Oh, well. Expecting rationalism or honesty in politics or political journalism is stupid, so I’ll just shut up now.

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 3 March, 2014, 10:19

    I understand your frustration Chris. I was at a seminar at USC and overheard a professor and a construction worker talking about immigration. The professor asked the worker in a condescending way of course, how illegal immigration affected his job, the worker looked right at her and said, “the same way it would affect your job if illegal alien teachers and professors from around the world entered the US and were permitted to enter your profession unabated.” The professor responded with, “I will have to think about that.” 🙂

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 3 March, 2014, 11:05

    It happened in the early 8o’s in the housing construction industry. By 1986 the builders were no longer contracting with the union–they enjoyed the illegals who worked for $5/hr. with no training whatsoever. The union carpenters had to go through apprenticeships and attend school. Then they had to work so many years before attaining Journeyman status. My spouse was a Journeyman–worked the remainder of his career as a non-union carpenter and now gets the remains of a DB pension that was frozen in 1986–doesn’t even pay the cost of the medical insurance premium.

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  3. billyBS
    billyBS 3 March, 2014, 13:56

    Response above shows why. The needs of the undocumented require cash lots of it. The public sector demands as much cash as they can get their hands on. The LGBT movement is easy to support because it is dollar cheap. Absolute greed explains it, gimme, gimme..

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 3 March, 2014, 16:50

    It is over in California…..unless you’re gifted/skilled and young you’re in a hopeless state with a stunted future unless you’re a aggressive risk taking entrepreneur juking the globalists and oppressive regulators.

    Ask a 40 year old how they are doing…..dumbed down dead end jobs in the service sector, diminishing benefits, unpaid overtime, expensive commutes and road warrior fatigue, high divorce rates, rising number of never marrieds, high housing costs, stressed….living with Pops and Mom in the back room.

    Go where the opportunities may be. Even to Michigan with five degree weather today.

    Most of you are riding a Red Ryder wagon to nowhere while the globalists are cleaning you out!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 4 March, 2014, 20:26

      Sorry TCS, it is the RAGWUS that has facilitated the demise of California, and the nation as a whole. The globalists are just following their lead. 🙂

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