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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Demonstrations

From the Economist (U.K.):

There are reasons for hoping that calmer voices will prevail. First, the demonstrators have shown themselves sensitive to non-Hispanic America's fears. After complaints that too many Mexican flags appeared at previous marches (which some Americans said hinted at divided loyalties and perhaps even at plans for a stealthy reconquista of the parts of the south-western United States that used to be Mexican), the organisers this time persuaded most flag-carriers to wave the Stars and Stripes. Some formed human pyramids to wave it higher.

Second, the immigrants have aspirations most Americans can relate to. A new survey found that 92% worked, 98% wanted to learn English and 96% were happy to be fingerprinted and subjected to a criminal background check as part of a process that might lead to them becoming legal citizens.

Thirdly, as the marchers put it: “Today we march, tomorrow we vote.” Illegals can't vote, of course, but many have relatives who can. Some politicians, from both parties, are eagerly courting the Latino vote. “I look across this historic gathering and I see the future of America,” boomed Ted Kennedy to the marchers in Washington.

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