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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Does Anyone Know What CIVIL Rights Are Anymore?

You might think that an organization that snapped up the domain name civilrights.org might...but you'd be wrong.

After months of rallies, speeches, and political infighting, the Senate has finally passed an immigration bill. Civil rights groups say that while the bill is a valiant attempt at comprehensive immigration reform, it ultimately falls short in key areas.

The Senate bill, S 2611, was approved by a vote of 62-36 on May 25. It would beef up security along the Mexican border, require employers to verify the status of employees electronically, and provide a path to legalization for the nation's 12 million undocumented immigrants.
Beef up security? How does that infringe on the RIGHTS OF CITIZENS?

Require employers to verify that their employees are here legally? How does that infringe on the RIGHTS OF CITIZENS?

Provide a path to legalization for the millions of illegal aliens? OK, that one does infringe on the RIGHT OF CITIZENS...but if you read further you'll quickly see that's not exactly what these people are complaining about.

civil rights
the nonpolitical rights of a citizen

civil rights
the rights belonging to an individual by virtue of citizenship

I've said it before, I'll say it again: illegal aliens DO NOT HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY. They have human rights, but they do not have CIVIL rights. Get it right, self-proclaimed civil rights experts!

"The Senate bill ... threatens to make more people ineligible for legal status and undermines the value of the legalization program," said John Trasviña, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Interim President and General Counsel.
"...threatens to make more people ineligible for legal status..." Wow. You'd think that legalization was an inalienable right or something. What organization was that guy from? Oh. Nevermind.

Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), said that "we intend to fight for changes to make it more workable, more effective."
"...fight for changes to make it (S2611) more workable, more effective." Wow. You'd think that rewarding illegal aliens for breaking our laws was designed to be "workable" and "effective" for -- who are those folks that our elected officials are supposed to represent again? -- oh, yeah...the AMERICAN people. What organization was that chick from? Oh. Nevermind.

Just be alert, folks. We've got a boatload of civil rights in this country. Know 'em. Appreciate 'em. And, whatever you do, don't sit by and watch as our government gives 'em away like candy.

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