Eva Rodriguez of the Washington Post was turned off by the protest for “rights” on behalf of illegal aliens.Here in Florida we have a large population of Cubans. It is easy to argue that their presence improves this state immensely. While some among the younger generation don't share their parent's and grandparent's love of their homeland, or at least the homeland that existed once upon a time. That said, they take their citizenship very seriously and they honor the freedom that this country provides them as only people who have had freedom denied can.
Her parents are legal immigrants who fled Castro’s Cuba.
Rodriguez wrote: “What I don’t understand is the claim by some at the march that those here illegally are somehow victims.
“Did they not choose to come to this country, and did they not know that they either entered illegally or illegally overstayed visas? Of course they did. Do they not appreciate that one of the things that makes this country great is the rule of law — unlike, sadly, some of the countries we leave behind? If so, undocumented immigrants must take responsibility for their plight.
“Finally, I found it offensive that some people in yesterday’s march waved the flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador while demanding rights and privileges from this country. The flags and the demands for action ‘NOW!’ suggested a sort of arrogance and entitlement when humility would have been more in order. Perhaps these marchers meant the flags as symbols of cultural or ethnic identity and not as political banners of foreign sovereigns. Perhaps they meant absolutely no offense and are at once proud of their heritage and sincere in their desire to become Americans. I trust that they did.”
If you want to fly the Mexican flag only, stay in Mexico
Those who march in the streets demanding the privilege of citizenship and waive foreign flags while spitting on our laws bear no resemblance to the immigrants who came before them. There is more, much more, to citizenship than walking across the boarder and claiming a slew of "rights". Rights are earned. They can start the process by going home and re-entering legally.
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