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(Chicago Breaking News)   If you need any extra labor today, 300,000 immigrants are hanging out at union park in Chicago   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 1226
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2006-05-01 02:49:22 PM
We could cut our attachement to "human rights" by 50% and it still would not be as bad as North Korea. So get a grip folks, we are not the worst that is out there.

/God Bless America and Support the Troops
2006-05-01 02:49:34 PM
I went out shopping today. Spent a good chunk of change. I noticed a number of Spanish speakers doing the same. The only thing I noticed missing today is that the crappy Mexican food place down the road was closed. All the other Mexican food places were open and running as usual. All the stores at the mall were open. All the Mexican power houses here in Houston that were originally going to shut down today all chickened out over the weekend and opened up shop this morning. So that's what we have to look forward to in a world without illegal immigrants. One less crappy Mexican food place.

I think I'll live.
2006-05-01 02:49:53 PM
God damnit, Action Replay Nick Get back to work making me a nintendo DS action replay that works on DS games!
2006-05-01 02:50:01 PM

All I know is that the 405 was wide open getting to work. If this is representative of a "day without an immigrant" I could live with it long term.

Amen. The I-5 from San Diego all the way to Santa Ana was fantastic this morning. Although I did feel the impact of A Day Without Immigrants when I discovered to my dismay that the Pollo Loco was closed, so I had to go all the way across the parking lot to Jack in the Box.

So it was more A Day Without A Chicken Taco for me.

Though I did notice the usual number of guys hanging around the Home Depot lot. Guess they didn't get the memo.
2006-05-01 02:50:13 PM
just remember Action Replay Nick

It's catch and release waters here.
2006-05-01 02:50:18 PM
So... because the Mexican army likes to shoot border crossers, that makes Mexican citizens who cross over illegally into our country hypocrites?

Nice logic there.

No, but it DOES make the Vincente Fox government a bunch of hipocrites. Handing out HOW-TO pamphlets on border crossing? Telling the US government that we should welcome illegals with open arms? Yes. Hipocritical.

/Married to an immigrant from South America
//Know and appreciate the plight of illegals
//Still think they need to come back when the papers are filed.
2006-05-01 02:50:23 PM
"I told you so"

- Ross Perot
2006-05-01 02:50:36 PM
The way I look at this is...there's a bunch of hot latino chicks in one place today...with time on their hands...all you singles guyz best get down there for this once-in-a-lifetime Hispanic Chick Hit opportunity!
2006-05-01 02:51:14 PM
VanEck: Why don't the illegals go rally up IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

They wouldn't be illeagal then would they?
2006-05-01 02:51:24 PM
The way I look at this is...there's a bunch of hot latino chicks in one place today...with time on their hands...all you singles guyz best get down there for this once-in-a-lifetime Hispanic Chick Hit opportunity!

Good Luck finding the one that is NOT pregnant.
2006-05-01 02:51:27 PM

Immigrants! I knew it was them! Even when it was the bears, I knew it was them.
2006-05-01 02:51:27 PM
Shrugging Atlas: Why is that wrong or racist? Everybody wins.

Because you are hassleing brown people. that makes you racist.
2006-05-01 02:51:36 PM
Yes. Hipocritical.

I, too, wish I could spell. Eesh.
2006-05-01 02:51:39 PM
Croooow!: feepness: No other country treats immigrants, illegal or otherwise, as well as we do.

You say that like its a bad thing.

it is a bad thing when your doing so at a detriment to the people who actually belong in the country.
2006-05-01 02:51:46 PM
Why don't the illegals go rally up IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

If it is so bad, why don't they try and stand up against it there and bring about some positive change?

Well for one thing, they have strict GUN CONTROL in Mexico, so if you act out, oppose the government or whatever, the army can just shoot your ass with impunity. Just like the Democrats would like to be able to do here.
2006-05-01 02:52:18 PM
I'm glad they are protesting. Maybe America will wake up to how huge the problem of illegal immigration is. It's funny that illegals somehow think this will work to their advantage. Guess you can't expect someone who doesn't know the difference between illegal and legal or right and wrong to act intelligently. Hubby and I are doing a lot of shopping today. It will be nice not having to fight through scores of screaming fat babies and their illegal parents. Can't wait to watch Lou Dobbs tonight. Take note of which representatives support illegals so you can vote against them come election time.

Oh yeah, my hubby is hispanic. So are many of the other people he works with. Just got off the phone with him. Not one person missed work today. It's good to know some legal hispanic Americans are doing the right thing.
2006-05-01 02:52:26 PM
Action Replay Nick
What Your Dog Wants
I'm Russian Jewish. Third generation. I don't belong here?

No way, you're fine.


You have assimilated into our culture and recognize that the American way of life is the best and greatest.

Not really. I think Canada, with their less restrictive stance on weed and universal health care, is a better candidate for "best and greatest" way of life.

I bet you even go to baseball games and like apple pie!

Baseball's boring and I hate desserts in general, but it's a moot point.

I bet you ten to one these smelly immigrants "living in America as Mexicans" HATE apple pie. HATE IT. They have to go.

See, I think you're trying to be funny here so I'll let it fly. I don't think you'd suggest that all immigrants are smelly with a straight face.
2006-05-01 02:52:33 PM

"Well, then so long you keep playing wordgames, I have no problem calling the jaywalkers and tax evaders of the world "illegals."

Your analogy is marginally relevent, at best, but suit yourself, I couldn't care less what you personally call other people.
2006-05-01 02:52:34 PM
Who says to live in America you have to assimilate to someone else's culture? I don't remember that clause.

Uh, being an American doesn't mean you're taking on somebody else's culture, but being an Amercian.

Just like if I were to move to Mexico and learn spanish, the local customs and laws, I'd be a Mexican citizen, not an American living in Mexico.

Hopefully you can see the difference now?
2006-05-01 02:52:37 PM
A. The huge majority of undocumented workers in this country do not use any kind of social services.

Please share with us which orifice you pulled that out of.
2006-05-01 02:52:49 PM
Please, remember to spend lots and lots of money today. Going out to a nice dinner later, maybe hit the mall.

Here here. The best way to make this protest even more fruitless than it already inherently is would be to make today a red hot day for the economy. If today is an above-average Monday when all the illegals refuse to participate in the economy, it'll futher demonstrate their irrelevancy.
2006-05-01 02:53:01 PM

That's a really poor troll attempt. Watch some of the masters in this thread and learn.
2006-05-01 02:53:09 PM
RandomExcess: We could cut our attachement to "human rights" by 50% and it still would not be as bad as North Korea.

So? As long as we're 1% better than North Korea, we're good?

Why cut back on human rights at all?

And is there a dynamic image generator for that sign yet?
2006-05-01 02:53:16 PM
gawd I hate fat assed American racists

fat assed American racists are the biggest single threat to the world

please Jesus come into their hearts
2006-05-01 02:53:43 PM
"If all air traffic controllers (I'm guessing 10k-20k people, tops) were to walk out for a day, you'd see significant disruption"

They did that in the early 80's. Reagan fired them all.

Maybe we should do that with these goddamn illegal aliens. Fire them all, and hire someone that can prove their citizenship. Then boot the illegals out. If they want back in, they can get in line like everyone else.
2006-05-01 02:53:49 PM
My grandfater came to America and became citizen along with his two sons. He worked on a farm most of his life to support the family.

He then had to wait another five years for my grandmother to come here, legally. Once here, worked at the Star-Kist plant in Terminal Island, CA. And whenever you entered her home, you couldn't miss the velvet rug depiction of John F. Kennedy which was right next to the framed photo of my uncle, a retired LAPD detective.

My father also came from Mexico. He became a citizen, joined the Army, and served in Korea. He later worked for U.S. Customs.

All of them came to America with one thing in mind: to start a better life for themselves and their families.

And that's exactly what they did. None of this I'll-work-in-America-and-send-all-my-money-back-to-Mexico bullshiat. Knowing that it had nothing left to offer, the simply turned their collective back on Mexico and started anew here in the U.S.

They had no sense of entitlement like these marching morans have now; none of this "I'm doing you all a favor so you owe it to ME!" mentality. They did it all with little help.

That said, fark all of these illegal idiots who think that their generation is so special as to get amnesty. I'm sure my grandparents are rolling in their graves with what's transpiring today.
2006-05-01 02:53:51 PM
I am floored by people still standing by the "DEY TOOK OUR JOBS, DERRR!" When was the last time you wanted to buss tables for $2 an hour?

Not for $2/hr. That's the point. They take less than minimum wage because they are illegal. Which depresses the entire wage scale. $2/hr? No. But as a teenager I was willing to do it for minimum wage.
2006-05-01 02:54:05 PM
groak - please Jesus come into their hearts

Eww! I can't think of a more painful and humiliating way to die.
2006-05-01 02:54:14 PM
2006-05-01 02:54:20 PM
Weaver95: this is pissing off the lefties too.

count me among them, i know the illegals here are driving down wages for the average man, i know that 50% of illegals hired in this country are do so by individuals just trying to get a cheap lawn mowed or a garage cleaned.
2006-05-01 02:54:20 PM
I dont have a problem with any non-white population. Just agree to speak english, say the "Pledge of Allegience" (and yes, one God can be ANY god you choose), and pay your taxes. Other than that, welcome to the country.

/no ebonics
//no pig latin
///no spanish only classrooms
2006-05-01 02:54:23 PM

if you read Shrugging Atlas' post, you would see that his solutions put him much more in the "lefty" camp than the "righty", he was just commenting on the response he gets from extremists.

many of the laissez-faire thinkers end up pretty close to the democratic platform on immigration, just like most of the people who think these protesters are stupid actually don't think that the legislation they are protesting should pass.

sadly, most of the anti-immigration propaganda appeals to xenophobia and most of the pro-immigration propaganda appeals to white guilt. immigration, like abortion, is one of those single-issue voter things that polititians invariably screw up.
2006-05-01 02:54:24 PM
No immigrant thread is complete without:

2006-05-01 02:54:48 PM
Otisburg: Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops but 29% are on welfare. (source: http://www.cis.org/)

From the site you cited: Even though illegal aliens make little use of welfare, from which they are generally barred, the costs of illegal immigration in terms of government expenditures for education, criminal justice, and emergency medical care are significant.

So, which is it? If your source is confused, then maybe their information isnt very accurate?
2006-05-01 02:54:53 PM
Mandrax: I'm a block away, plugged in and listening to the WGN stream and I can still hear them.

I am a block away, have my doors and windows closed, and I am 22 stories up. I'm ready to put in my earplugs.

[fog horn blare]
[helicopter noise]
"Si se puede!"
2006-05-01 02:54:56 PM
Weaver95: Oh no - this is pissing off the lefties too. There are a LOT of Union workers who are PISSED at the democrats for supporting illegal immigration.

Great stuff!

Want to know the issue that will split the GOP? Here it is.

I wouldn't worry though, lot of hot air and no change will occur. People will vote for the same polotician and no change will occur and the illeags will continue to stream in. Viva the doller comes first GOP!
2006-05-01 02:55:05 PM
i've been a farker for a long time and I must say these immigrant discussions are the ugliest side of fark I've ever seen.
2006-05-01 02:55:06 PM
Action Replay Nick:I bet you ten to one these smelly immigrants "living in America as Mexicans" HATE apple pie. HATE IT. They have to go.

My fiancee isn't Mexican -- she was born in Beijing (now a US citizen) -- but she bakes better apple pie than most Americans. Granted, it's using my great-grandmother's recipe, but still...

/ actually, good pie crust is somewhat tricky to make
2006-05-01 02:55:24 PM
small_hard_drive: Since today is the day without mexicans immigrants, does that mean all automated phone systems will default to english?

/ticket please


/me hands s_h_d golden ticket
2006-05-01 02:55:32 PM
See, I think you're trying to be funny here so I'll let it fly.


Thanks, Rick. I love this type of thread...

///Random troll!
2006-05-01 02:55:36 PM
gawd I hate fat assed American racists

fat assed American racists are the biggest single threat to the world

please Jesus come into their hearts

Somewhere, a bridge is safe to cross.
2006-05-01 02:55:54 PM
Funny how using the term "illegal immigrant" is considered racist by the very jackasses who coined the term "A Day without Gringos."
2006-05-01 02:55:56 PM

\OK, let them pay taxes then. Oh, wait, can't... illegal. Again, I challenge folks to tell me how illegals are taking American jobs.

If the illegal immigrants weren't at the jobs, an American would do it. Who do you think mowed lawns before the onslaught of illegal immigrants? Think no tomatoes were being picked? No one put roofs on their houses? Think about it...

\ however, if a Mexican could do some html markup for me, I'd throw him a nickel...
2006-05-01 02:56:00 PM
evilstein: Fire them all, and hire someone that can prove their citizenship legal presence.

There. Fixed that for you.

Remember we're only referring to ILLEGAL immigrants here, not the immigrants who are here legally.

/Counting the days (2 years to go) before I can apply for citizenship.
2006-05-01 02:56:07 PM
Action Replay Nick: I'm sick of them taking our jobs. I WANT TO PICK STRAWBERRIES FOR $1.25 AN HOUR DAMMIT!

I'm sure you're long gone from this thread but I wanted to address this common misconception. Most illegal workers do not accept wages below minimum wage. If the american worker would typically get $15/hr the illegal will normally accept $10 or so. My issue with the illegal immigration is that it increases competition for blue collar work faster than the economy can handle it. This lowers the wages for blue collar workers because they are competing with foreign wage levels. The concept is similar to outsourcing. The difference here is that a good chunk of the money happens to stay within our country.
2006-05-01 02:56:12 PM
Ooh, can I join in on the hate-mongering too?
2006-05-01 02:56:52 PM
It would be pretty amusing if another group of immigrants went around under cutting all the protesters jobs. It's would be pretty smart. Go to where they work, offer to do it for a bit less and offer to start today. That would be pretty damn funny in my eyes.
2006-05-01 02:56:55 PM
I havn't bought more than 2 heads of lettuce or more than 3 things with strawberries in it in the past year. If you count up all the lettuce I've eaten on hamburgers, in salads, and in other foods in the past year it would probably work out to 1 or 2 more heads of lettuce.

I can deal with the price hike that McFatties passes along to me when we start paying a higher wage to an American to do the picking.

Who are all these people getting all this landscaping done anyway? In places like Arizona, Chicago, and New Mexico? Are you paying them to rake your sand or plant a garden on the 15th floor of your apartment building? If you are in a position where you can even think about (or afford) landscaping, you can afford to pay an American to do the job at a fair rate.

And cleaning up hotel rooms? Maybe this one I can understand, but why not just hire highschool kids to do it for minimum wage?
2006-05-01 02:56:55 PM
Illegal Immigration may be an emotional issue, but can you really find it in your heart, in your soul, and in your gut to vote for Gore? Hillary? Feingold?

Better the Devil I know!
2006-05-01 02:56:59 PM
I love how this is being called (by its supporters) the "New Civil Rights Movement".

I'm sorry, but as ILLEGAL ALIENS, you have very few rights. Essentially, you have the rights of a criminal. Rightfully so, because you are a criminal.
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