Patterico's Pontifications

3/28/2006

It’s Really No Mystery . . .

Filed under: Immigration — Patterico @ 9:53 pm



The local rag reports:

Thousands of students walked out of high schools in Los Angeles and across Southern California this morning as protests against restrictions on immigration spread across the city for a fourth day.

John Cole says:

I really don’t know what to make of this.

I do. It’s more fun to protest something than to go to school.

15 Responses to “It’s Really No Mystery . . .”

  1. That may be so, but I am dismayed at the MSM for not, as far as I’ve seen, publishing a column slamming the teachers and administration of these schools for allowing the students to leave. Given the strong left-liberal bent of most public school teachers, it is perhaps more likely they agreed with the protesters and exhorted the students to join them in protest.

    Bob Smith (d57802)

  2. Ha Ha Ha. Encouraging Latino students to protest and ditch school, what with their massive dropout rates, is tantamount to giving children cigarettes and lighting ’em up. Are the teachers union and BOXER, going to be honest and tell them that “raising their political awareness” includes dooming themselves to working at the car wash? Or is it better to lie to them so they are foot soldiers in Their children’s crusade?

    Californio (430a10)

  3. Come now, Californio, you know that if the teachers’ union and Dem leadership cared a fig about the education of poor minority students they would not have spent the past couple of decades fighting against charter schools, vouchers, English immersion, teacher competency exams, etc. You answered your own question.

    JVW (d667c9)

  4. Patterico,

    I wandered amongst the moonbats demonstrating in front of our County Government complex, smiling and taking pictures of the countless Mexican flags and idiotic signs, a few of which I posted online. Because I was a little scruffy (had the day off) and had a grin on my fizz, the teens assumed I was muy sympatico and mugged for my camera.

    You’ll be shocked — Shocked! — to know that I spotted what appeared to be an organizer wearing — what else — a “Free Palestine” shirt, kheffiyah wrapped around his neck.

    I’m troubled by the unwillingness of local law enforcement to cite the students for their truancy. We have an active anti-truancy program, with the district attorney’s office handling prosecutions through the juvenile unit.

    I didn’t see any cops at the rally when I was there, just barking, braying, flag-waving ignoramuses.

    The local paper published a picture the next day of two officers talking to the protesters.

    In this case, however, rather than issuing citations to the teens, the cops showed up to tell them how to safely stage an anti-immigration-reform rally.

    Infuriating.

    Even more anyeurism-inducing is the statement by the local superintendant of schools that she doesn’t intend to implement a district-wide policy punishing the offenders, instead leaving it up to each school’s principal whether or not the truants should be forced to attend dentention.

    Man, am I glad I’m paying for their educations.

    Mike Lief (e9d57e)

  5. “We are not criminals
    We are hard workers”
    — Sign seen at the 1/2 million man march.

    Wesson (c20d28)

  6. We had similar student protests in Dallas. The students clogged the streets so us hard-working native Americans had a hard time getting to our jobs. Yesterday, they even decided to go swimming in the reflecting pool in front of city hall.

    Of course, when the reporter from the local PBS affiliate asked them what they were protesting, they answered, “Umm, I don’t know. Mexico! Mexico!” Yep, seems our public education system is working really well even for the illegal immigrant population.

    sharon (fecb65)

  7. It’s an important civics lesson for the students. Protesting is how your voice might be heard in America. They must realize that politicians won’t listen unless you’ve got a big, sweaty wad of cash.

    I love California!

    Psyberian (dd13d6)

  8. Michelle Malkin has posted a picture that’s worth a thousand words.

    nk (57e995)

  9. They must realize that politicians won’t listen unless you’ve got a big, sweaty wad of cash.

    Or, I would guess, “a big, sweaty wad of” votes?

    Otherwise, it’s hard to figure why politicians of a particular stripe seem to love income redistribution so.

    Harry Arthur (40c0a6)

  10. “I do. It’s more fun to protest something than to go to school. ”

    That’s why it happens so often.

    I’d like all republicans to continue being dismissive of these immigration protests, to continue to point out how there is a republican immigration proposal that will send your family to jail if they have an undocumented cousin over for christmas dinnre.

    actus (6234ee)

  11. Yeah actus, but the article that Michelle Malkin links to mentions that the mindless foot soldiers students carried signs that said “Impeach Bush.” That shows a ridiculous (but not surprising) lack of information on the immigration issue; the Bush Administration actually favors an immigration policy much more in line with what the students are told they should want. This simply proves that the protests are not really about the desire of “undocumented” immigrants to be allowed to stay in their “adopted” homeland, but (1) and excuse to cut class and (2) an attention-grabbing ploy from the usual radical left-wing groups that are happy to mix all of their messages together into one package.

    JVW (d667c9)

  12. “Impeach Bush” doesn’t really show that the underlying desire is to cut class. “Free Beer” would.

    But its no surprise that people that are upset with this republican legislation are also upset with the president for other reasons.

    actus (ebc508)

  13. The most amazing quote I heard was on the radio. When the reporter asked a student-truant why not become an American citizen, the response was, “Why become an American, when I can be Mexican and have the same rights.”

    That’s it in a nutshell.

    Why should we provide them the rights that they do not provide to their own “undocumented” worker immigrants from Central America? The hypocracy baffles me.

    MOG (59bfb8)

  14. “Impeach Bush” doesn’t really show that the underlying desire is to cut class. “Free Beer” would.

    Of course it doesn’t. I meant to imply that “Impeach Bush” shows that a part of this is just a typical radical left-wing media attention-grabbing stunt, which uses the illegal immigration issue for manpower. It goes along with the other commenters who have pointed out the pro-Palestine messages at the march. Your typical disaffected leftist stew on parade.

    JVW (d667c9)

  15. I meant to imply that “Impeach Bush” shows that a part of this is just a typical radical left-wing media attention-grabbing stunt, which uses the illegal immigration issue for manpower.

    Or its kids that are upset with a lot of things being able to organize and mobilize on one focal event. You won’t get a walkout on ‘impeach bush.’ But you’ll get one on the current immigration issue at the time of current immigration protests. And the Impeach bush people will certainly let their feelings be known.

    Of course, there’s also the people that will tell you how ‘typical’ this is from a sign.

    actus (6234ee)


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