At least 3,000 people, and possibly as many as 10,000 by KSL Channel 5's estimate, rallied in downtown Salt Lake City on March 21st, 2010 in support of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Oh, it wasn't actually called amnesty; it was disguised as "compassionate immigration reform". The signs they deployed in both English AND Spanish stated "Family Values = Immigration Reform," "Protect Our Families," "We Are All Immigrants" and "We Work Hard. We Pay Taxes. We Pay into SS [social security]. We Contribute Too." But the reality is they want amnesty, hidden under the guise of "keeping families together".
They want to be rewarded for breaking our law. They want mercy to supersede justice. They want to be saved IN their sins rather than FROM their sins. And the use of both English AND Spanish in public show their divided loyalty. Bilingualism robs Americans of jobs, because in a bilingual American environment, corporations looking for maximum profits give preference to people who can speak both English and Spanish over Americans who only speak English.
The group marched from the Salt Lake City & County Building on 455 S. State Street to the State Capitol, marching around the capitol before heading back downtown. It was a part of a national movement called "Dignity March 2010". Tony Yapias with Utahns for Immigration Reform, the group that sponsored the march, said the event was a success. "We feel very confident this time around. We think there's a real chance for immigration reform to happen this time," he said.
Unfortunately, he could be right. Hundreds of local residents who oppose amnesty for illegals were outraged, and promptly expressed their sentiments - not by going downtown and taking to the streets, but by storming the comment boards of KSL, the Deseret News, and the Salt Lake Tribune. A lot of good that will do - politicians pass judgments based upon street activism, not cyber-activism. That's why we've got at least 12 million illegal aliens in this country. Of course, many prospective counter-protestors are Mormons who were tied up in the customary three-hour church meeting block on Sunday, so it wouldn't have been possible for them to be in downtown Salt Lake standing up against the amnesty crowd.
Mind you, I'm not knocking Internet activism. The Internet is a great place to mobilize opposition. But Internet activism is no substitute for street activism. Mobilization needs to lead to execution, and execution can only take place in the streets.
But a few intrepid patriots showed up to provide opposition. As marchers neared the Capitol, they were met with thumbs down and signs from an informal group of less than a dozen counterprotesters. Jamin Merton stood at the base of the Capitol steps holding the U.S. flag and a sign reading "This is our flag. We are here legally." The West Valley City resident said his ancestors were legal immigrants, but other people are short-circuiting the system.
"They're demanding that we give them citizenship in defiance of our law, our constitution, our policemen, everything that we stand up for," he said, adding the only type of immigration reform he thinks is needed is one that focuses on protecting borders, and he opposes amnesty and other path-toward-citizenship programs.
Another patriot who showed up posted his impressions and some pictures on this Stormfront thread. He said he was faced with insults and middle fingers. One of them held up the poster "Stop Hate" and yet they pelt counter-protesters with insults. He also said he was being "ringed" with black shirt and yellow arm band-wearing Brown Beret (as well as University of Utah "Justice Now" students) communists when he held up a poster and standing on the ground until cops standing nearby told them to back off. He was also interviewed by a Salt Lake Tribune reporter; his comments about how mass immigration causes crime and welfare go up, the quality of life goes down, they don't care about our culture, they're here to re-conquer never made it into print. Here's a YouTube video he made showing the pro-amnesty rabble, set to music:
One other patriot who showed up to counter-protest posted the following comment to the Deseret News:
Just Who is Hateful? | 2:55 p.m. March 21, 2010
I stood at the Capitol today with a sign that read: "Enforcing the law is not racist." As the crowd went by I was yelled at, cursed and shown "the finger" so many times, I lost count... and by people carrying signs that read "stop the hate." I stood there in silence, I did not say a word - now, where is the "hate" coming from?
One of the group in black shirts with yellow arm bands, that were controlling the crowd, came up to me and asked, "How's the bashing going?" I asked him, "What bashing, who am I bashing?" He just stood there, he had no response, and then he just walked away.
My mother is an immigrant to the U.S. - she followed the law and came here legally. I am all for immigration - just follow the law.
Police report that there were no significant problems despite the huge crowds that showed up. Twenty-two motorcycle cops were on hand for traffic control, and other cops were alerted in reserve in case tensions broke out.