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Immigration Rallies A Dud

The turnout for immigration protests this year were far lower than last year. Over at the Corner, Mark Kirkorian thinks he knows why:

I think part of the explanation is that the national open-borders groups (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, Service Employees Int’l Union, American Immigration Lawyers Assn., etc.) concluded that last year’s marches, representing as they did the illegal-alien Will to Power, were an example of what the Marxists used to call “premature revolution”, where the social context was not yet ready for the application of the new ideology. The result was a backlash, and the failure of the amnesty bill passed by the Senate.

I actually think a lot of it has to do with the fact that Congress has been so consumed with Iraq, that immigration isn’t on the radar like it was last year. A year ago, it seemed like there was a decent chance that some sort of immigration reform would pass, while it doesn’t seem like that’s in the cards at this point. Also, with Democrats now in control of Congress, there’s a better chance that whatever reform gets passed will be favorable to immigrant groups , so there’s less to protest.

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