Illegal is the new black: Amnesty advocates to descend on Selma on Sunday

Illegal is the new black: Amnesty advocates to descend on Selma on Sunday

Pro-amnesty advocates will try to co-opt Sunday’s commemoration of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma–one of the most seminal moments in the civil rights movement and the history of the country–to again push the false narrative that amnesty for illegal immigrants is the new civil rights movement.

The Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice is mobilizing and will bus amnesty advocates for the march, which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the seminal march for voting rights for black American citizens. According to, the group reportedly declared that, “throughout the weekend, immigrants will stand with thousands of others converging in Selma at this historic moment to affirm their role in the struggle against racism and oppression.” …

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), for instance, has declared that the amnesty movement is “our Selma.”

“This is our Selma and we will walk, we will march, we will be arrested, we will do anything and everything it takes to make sure families are protected in this nation,” Gutierrez recently said.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) recently invoked the voting rights and civil rights marches and said at an “Immigration Day Action” event that the amnesty movement is the civil rights battle for millennials. He also bluntly admitted that the amnesty movement “will decide who is in charge of this country for the next 20 or 30 years.”

Even Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was beaten on that fateful Sunday while heroically marching for voting rights that were being denied to U.S. citizens, has tried to tie the amnesty movement to the civil rights movement.

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