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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Anti-immigrant billboard put up in Little Haiti

Source: frostillustrated

With a headline like that you just know your in for a good time, and this pile of tripe doesn't disappoint...(some light fisking may occur)
MIAMI (NNPA)-It might as well have said, "Get Out of Our Country," because the message is just that clear. A sign recently erected in Little Haiti communicated effectively just how some Americans feel about illegal immigrants. The sign, at the corner of NW 79th Street and right next to Interstate 95 reads boldly, "Stop the Invasion."
They start strong by actually using that most hated of words...Illegal! Don't worry, it doesn't last.

Funny though, it's almost as if that first sentence takes a position or something, nah, I must be imagining things, no journalist would take position, would they?
The sign stems from a campaign by the Grassfire Alliance to close off the U.S.-Mexico border to illegal immigration. Signs such as this one have been posted around the nation, especially in areas where illegal immigration runs rampant. The billboard was a shock for not just residents in the area, but for passersby as well.

"I can't believe my eyes," said one gas station patron who wanted to remain nameless. "This, to me is just outrageous. I can't believe they actually allowed this sign to be put up." The patron is of Cuban descent, but was born in Miami. Because of the nature of his employment, he requested to remain anonymous.
An individual of Latino descent against free speech? Knock me over with a feather, no really!
The group received online donations to pay for the signs. They are heavily in favor of stricter immigration enforcement laws, but they oppose President Bush's guest worker program.

Many who saw the sign said it just didn't make sense, especially in a city such as Miami where it is so diverse and where immigrants fuel the economy.
Aha! they finally managed to shed that nasty illegal, what exactly does "immigration" have to do with "illegal immigration?"
Janet Hubbard, a firm supporter of the ACLU and similar organizations said, "People are insensitive. We all have ancestors who were immigrants. Whoever put this sign up is just ignorant. Without our tourism or immigrants, Miami would be nothing. Most of our government is made up of immigrants themselves or relatives of immigrants. Even our mayor is an immigrant. I can't believe he let this sign go up."
Jane Hubbard, a nitwit and purveyor of nonsensical notions says...Since we've been colonized by ingrate "immigrants" we might as well whistle a happy tune and pretend we like it, they might hurt us if we don't.
President of the group Steve Elliott stands by his signs-which already have been situated in Atlanta and Dallas-saying that demonstrations and protests in metropolitan cities show just how many immigrants there are.

"Hundreds of thousands show up to march," he said. "We need to wake up and tighten up our laws."

Despite what he considers a patriotic attitude, some view Elliott as nothing more than a bigot when recited some of his comments.
Some view him as a bigot, like perhaps the dishonest writer of this article?
"This is just the sort of injustice we are talking about," the anonymous gas station patron said. "Racism is definitely alive and kicking in the South."
Injustice? Racism? Methinks the anonymous gas station attendant is either an illegal himself or so unbelievably, irredeemably stupid that he should be stripped of citizenship and removed from the company of civilized folk.
Not only are the sign and Elliot''s view questioned, but the location of the sign itself-right on the verge of Little Haiti.
Yeah, wouldn't want to upset the natives, I hear they can get pretty violent when provoked.

H/T Beyond Borders

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