The mass border crossing started over a week ago with fliers being handed out “at the Padre Chava breakfast hall for migrants and deportees in Tijuana,” according to a local San Diego news source, KPBS on Tuesday.
The flier said in part “So that we can reunite with our children, families…and for those who want the American dream and so that we can help our families succeed.”
The flier, the article reported, “continued in rambling fashion, ending with a call for discretion and ‘Sí se puede!’ written three times.”
“Sí se puede,” it should be noted, is the motto of the United Farm Workers and a common rallying cry for “immigration reform.” According to the article, the “tactic of rushing the border en masse” is not unprecedented. In fact, it was “common” in the early 1990’s, not too long after Ronald Reagan passed the failed Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
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The legislation failed, in part, because it was not followed. And the current proposals are very similar to what was passed unsuccessfully back in the 80’s. As Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post reported in February,
“The latest proposals contain the same three components as the 1986 law: a legalization program — and a possible path to citizenship — for those who are in the country illegally, stepped-up enforcement along the border, and measures to discourage employers from hiring workers who lack proof of legal residency.”
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One thing is for sure, it is in the Democrats best interest to act like they care for the plight of illegal immigrants, as noted by Tumulty, who writes, that in 1986,
“illegal immigration had a significant impact in only half a dozen states — New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Illinois and California….Now, thanks largely to the demand for labor during the economic boom of the 1990s, illegal immigration has become a high-priority issue in virtually every state, including places such as Alabama, Iowa, Georgia and Nebraska.”
Richard Marosi of the LA Times discussed the mass border crossing attempt, which was filmed by those attempting to cross the border. Marosi wrote that “Several agents were hit in the arms and legs with rocks and one agent was hit in the head with a filled water bottle…”
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