The massive, historic immigration rallies that drew more than 1 million people nationwide Monday and hundreds in Wichita didn’t bring the economy to a standstill, but the marchers did prove that they wield significant economic clout. They also succeeded in sending a message that’s hard to ignore: Illegal immigrants are here in huge numbers, they’re part of the fabric of America’s economy, and they refuse to be treated as common criminals.
Such high-profile marches and boycotts undoubtedly will alienate many Americans, who don’t see illegals as having the citizen status to demand rights of any kind. But the sheer numbers Monday suggested that the nation must find a practical, just solution that enforces borders, assimilates many of these people, and helps put an end to this underground economy.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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