I'm sure that Michelle Malkin will get to this tomorrow morning after taking her family to church, then Easter brunch at Denny's ("John Doe...party of four") where she will complain because they have huevos rancheros on the menu, and then demand to see "everybody's fucking papers".
Thousands of people marched through downtown on Saturday, demanding a way for the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and condemning President Bush’s latest proposal.
Carrying signs saying “Amnesty Now!” and “Love Thy Neighbor, Don’t Deport Him,” about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted “Si, se puede!” or “It can be done!” and passed large American flags over the crowd.
Many were angry about a White House plan that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine.
“Charging that much, Bush is going to be even more expensive than the coyotes,” said protester Armando Garcia, 50, referring to smugglers who transport people across the Mexican border.
The White House’s draft plan, leaked last week, calls for a new “Z” visa that would allow illegal immigrant workers to apply for three-year work permits. They would be renewable indefinitely, but would cost $3,500 each time.
Then to become legal permanent residents, illegal immigrants would have to return to their home country, apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate to re-enter legally and pay a $10,000 fine.
The proposal has been sharply criticized by Hispanic advocacy groups, Democrats, the Roman Catholic Church and unions that have many immigrants in their ranks. They argue the cost of work permits and the green card application — which could total more than $20,000 — are prohibitive for low-wage earners.
“For my wife and I it would cost about $30,000,” said Francisco Gomez, 41, who along with his wife is in the country illegally. “Multiply that by all the illegal immigrants here ... It’s obvious Bush just wants to fund his Iraq war with our money.”
¡O-le! for Francisco for sticking it to Presidente Pendejo. $3500 each time to renew a work permit? Who knew Halliburton was getting into the paper-pushing business?