Will Sunday`s Amnesty March Backfire?


This Sunday, March 21, 2010, the Treason Lobby is



staging a march in Washington, DC. 

One hundred thousand protestors are reportedly being



bused there

to demand amnesty for the 12-plus million illegal
aliens in the US now taking jobs from Americans and
sopping up tax-supported services.


Many in the patriotic immigration reform movement, for
example VDARE.com`s Joe Guzzardi, have opined that
comprehensive
immigration reform

a.k.a. amnesty will not be on the agenda this year. How
can it be, when millions of Americans are unemployed, or
underemployed?


And when I first heard about this proposed march, my
reaction was "Great! When Americans see their



arrogance and selfish disdain

for our




unemployment crisis
,
they will be




outraged

and let their Congress know their feelings."
  


I still think I am correct about American citizen anger.
But I have just heard from a California friend who has a
strongly different opinion. 


A legal immigrant and naturalized American citizen,



Yeh Ling Ling,




Executive Director

of


Alliance for a Sustainable USA
,
has shown excellent political instincts about this issue
in past. I respect greatly her opinions.


She just sent me the following email message, which I
quote in part:


"As you have seen from many recent reports from
different news networks,




Obama is ready for a big push for amnesty

after his healthcare reform is settled. Polls show that
most Americans support the `comprehensive` reform
because they don`t realize that this is amnesty and will
lead to an explosion of legal and illegal immigration.


[VDARE.COM note
: Joe Guzzardi
strongly disagrees, citing for example





this
,
although he acknowledges polls have sometimes been



tortured into apparent acquiescence
.]The
pressure from amnesty advocates all over the U.S. is
very intense. Some supporters who were confident that
amnesty will not pass this year are now realizing that
there is a good chance that Congress will go for it
because of the support for `comprehensive reform` and
because of the millions of voters this `reform` will
bring. This is what I have been saying all along."


As an ethnic minority, Ling Ling has been able to tell
the truth about our immigration invasion without being
called a racist.  Even one key person at the



Southern Poverty Law Center,

which has



wildly smeared

immigration patriots, has
"responded well
to my arguments"
, she says.  Many media and
academic voices on the other side, when given facts by
Ling Ling, have admitted she makes powerful points for
not allowing this invasion, either legal or illegal to
continue.

She said in this latest email:
"Time really is
running out and we have so many arguments/facts in our
favor!"


So what is she doing to help? 


"I am contacting a number of web masters for estimates
to redo our website in response to the big amnesty
battle: I will use simple but persuasive ways to show
people the connection between immigration-driven
population growth and overwhelming problems concerning
voters."

Being a small 501(c)(3), Yeh has limited funding. 
She wants to do more, such as
"produce professional videos and hire the PR Newswire to
send out press releases." 
Why?  Because
she argues that the main stream voices for immigration
reform are regarded by too many moderate Americans as
view them as "nativist"
and
"anti-immigrant"
.


Ling Ling sees the correct messenger as vital.  She
argues:


"We cannot fight people`s perception. What we can and
must do, in my view, is to work to gain support,
converting people who are convertible. I have done that.
It really is very easy for me to sway most people when I
can talk to them one on one. (I don`t mean the
closed-minded activists working for



ACLU
,




MALDEF
,
etc.)


 ……..Our side
must change our strategy, arguments and delivery, and
apply the art of mass campaigning to win this war."

It should be noted here that her argument about the
proper messenger has not gone unaddressed.  A new
voice for real immigration reform, Washington, DC based,
Progressives for Immigration Reform, sponsored a
national poll of 600

 
progressives
and liberals, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research in
April, 2009 which showed that these Americans were
deeply concerned about all immigration as being
"much too high"–46%–or
"too high"–60%.  


Of those polled, 69% thought between 800,000 and 3
million immigrants, were coming here legally and
illegally every year, so they have some idea of the
orders of magnitude.  A majority of these
"moderates"
thought excess immigration badly affected our
environment, our ability to provide health care, and
took jobs from US citizens.  (To take a detailed
look at this well done poll go



here
.)  


One can persuasively argue that we are not winning the
reform battle at present.  Our laws are going
unenforced, we are not picking up and deporting illegals
on any really systematic basis, we are caught in a
political bramble patch of



politics
,



greed
,
and


incompetence


Whether the economic situation will keep the Treason
Lobby from winning amnesty remains uncertain, but we
know that the actions of the present Administration have
been




de facto

"open border",

as reported by VDARE.com and others.


Above all, there is no discussion in Washington of an

immigration moratorium
.
The continuing liberal use of various employment visas
keeps the level of new legal immigrants very high
indeed. Ling Ling`s view on that aspect is equally
negative: "It is
my belief that if by 2013 Congress does not start
discussing the



need to reduce LEGALS
,
the war will be over."


Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.