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Friday, December 30, 2005

Chicagoans Protest Lipinski's "YES" on HR4437

Hispanic community activists gathered Wednesday in front of the office of U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) on the Southwest Side to protest his vote for a bill that would impose stricter regulations on undocumented immigrants and make illegal entry into the country a criminal act.
Read the Trib article here.

"The Mexican community is incensed by his voting in the bill," said Juan Salgado, director of the non-profit Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. "Immigration is one of the main reasons Chicago continues to be prosperous ... This is just not sensible."
OK, first of all, Salgado managed to lose the ILLEGAL that was supposed to be in front of his "immigration." Don't feel bad, Juan -- you're far from alone.

But let's rewind to the previous sentence. "The Mexican community is incensed by his voting in the bill." The Mexican community? Since when is someone elected to the U.S. House of Representatives supposed to answer to the Mexican community?

If you're a Mexican citizen and you're here illegally, you not only don't get a say, you need to go the &#$! home.

If you're a Mexican citizen and you're here legally, thank you for abiding by our laws, but you still don't get a say.

If you're an American citizen and consider yourself part of the Mexican community, perhaps you should try looking up the words "American" and "citizen" -- you may find it informative and educational. And may I recommend a little homework on the subject before you exercise your say?

If you're an American citizen and you know that you aren't part of the Mexican community, then your say wasn't even addressed in this article. I recommend contacting the author about that.

Change is needed because the congressman has not sufficiently addressed the concerns of the Hispanic population in the 3rd District, which covers parts of the Southwest Side and surrounding suburbs, Salgado said.

About 21 percent of the district's approximately 653,600 people considered themselves Hispanic, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, Mr. Salgado, but 21% Hispanic in 2000 does not indicate that Lipinski voted against the wishes of the majority of his district. He just didn't vote how you and the ICIRR wanted him to vote.

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