From the Washington Post:
While a series of marches focused much of the nation’s attention on the plight of illegal immigrants, scores of other Americans quietly seethed. Now, with the same full-throated cry expressed by those in the country illegally, they are shouting back.
Congressional leaders in Washington have gotten bricks in the mail from a group that advocates building a border fence, states in the West and South have drawn up tough anti-immigrant laws, and ordinary citizens, such as Janis McDonald of Pennsylvania, who considers herself a liberal, are not mincing words in expressing their displeasure.
“Send them back,” McDonald said. “Build a damn wall and be done with it.”
The anger evoked a word that immigrant organizers who opposed Monday’s boycott feared: backlash. McDonald and other Americans were particularly disturbed by Monday’s boycott and civil action, attended in large part by people who entered the country illegally and are now demanding rights enjoyed by U.S.-born citizens and immigrants who entered the country legally.
“How dare they,” said McDonald, a research specialist for the University of Pittsburgh who said she voted for Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) in the 2004 presidential election. “If they are so active, why aren’t they in Mexico City, why aren’t they forcing their leaders there to deal with the quality of life? If you don’t like it here, go home.” […]
Although the calls for a guest-worker program I supported, the boycott and shenanigans in Mexico angered me as well. The former at least seems to have had “zero impact“. It appears that I’m not alone in my views on this as some of the recent nonsense has angered other supporters of a guest-worker program like Larry Kudlow. If even liberal Kerry supporters are seething over these protests this doesn’t bode well for this illegal immigration movement. Methinks their leaders overplayed their hand a bit especially if they are starting to alienate some liberals and others who support a guest-worker program. Sending bricks to members of Congress is an amusing expression of their anger, I might do so as well given that I do support the building of a wall on the border.
In a sign this issue may be one resonating with voters, the mayor and at least 2 town councilmen who supported a day-laborer center in Herndon, Virginia, were ousted in local elections yesterday and replaced with opponents. Meanwhile, many lawmakers in Arizona were unmoved by the “Day Without Immigrants”, or perhaps it’s best to say they would like to extend this day to year-round at least when it comes to those here illegally.
Finally, while I myself do not support these kinds of boycotts, it is somewhat amusing to note that there are now calls from some quarters to respond to these protests with a “Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo“. The game is certainly afoot…