Hundreds march against anti-immigration efforts

About 250 people gathered in downtown Raleigh Thursday afternoon to protest racial profiling and efforts to pass anti-immigrant legislation similar to Arizona’s.

North Carolina lawmakers recently introduced a resolution that would make it a crime for aliens not to carry documentation at all times. That measure remains in committee.

Thursday’s rally also marked the second time in less that two weeks that hundreds marched in Raleigh to voice support for diversity.

Our thanks to the NC Justice Center’s Phyllis Nunn for capturing some of the images from the event.


  1. Tothepoint

    July 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This situation continues to perpetuate the false claim that the Arizona law and other efforts are anti-immigrant. That is a lie.

    These efforts are aimed at ILLEGAL immigration. Illegal immigration is breaking the law by sneaking into this country without our country’s authorization or approval. It is a violation of the country’s existing laws and its right to determine who it allows within its boarders.

    Whatever the reasons for illegal trespassing, whether it was for legitimate reasons or not, it is still breaking the law.

    One of the issues that is now making its way into the conversation about how to finally deal with this problem is the automatic granting of citizenship to “anchor” babies. These are children born to parents who are BOTH illegally in this country.

    This corruption of the intent of the 14th amendment must be resolved or we will never properly deal with illegal immigration.

    Children whose parents are illegally in this country should not have automatic citizenship. That only rewards illegal actions. It allows opponents of stopping illegal immigration to cry about the injustice of “breaking up families” as one of the pictures above demonstrate.

    If you do not think that is not in the minds of these illegal immigrants, then you are either totally naive or you just won’t speak the truth.

    It is neither immoral, unethical, or un-American to demand that a country’s existing laws be observed. It is not racist to expect the law to be supported or to have the right to determine entry into our country.

    Progressives who support illegal immigrants know they cannot change the law to allow uncontrolled immigration. The vast majority of our population will not support that in any way.

  2. FedUp

    July 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I completely agree with the law, requiring papers of LEGAL immigrants to be carried at all times. It is the law in every other country you go, Canada and Mexico especially, to carry documents claiming your permanent, or temporary, status there. You would be arrested and detained without them there, why should it be any different here.

    The illegal population is uncontrollable, just like drugs, they are always going to find a way in. There’s not enough money in any law enforcement budget, federal to local, to police the amount of people making their way into the US on a daily basis.

    Change won’t happen until there’s another event that causes it… Good or bad.

  3. Tothepoint

    July 30, 2010 at 10:02 am


    It is an existing Federal Law that if you are a legal resident in this country (non-citizen), you are required to carry you status papers with you AT ALL TIMES.

    Opponents of stopping illegal immigration have tried to paint the Arizona law (which was the same as the Federal law) as something new and immoral.

  4. Jeff Shaw

    July 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Just correcting the record, it’s totally false that all other countries require naturalized immigrants to carry papers. Almost anyone who has lived abroad or been part of an immigrant can tell you that.

    And pretty much everything said in the above two posts is an argument *for* comprehensive immigration reform, which would create a path to citizenship for people willing to follow the rules.

    No one wants to come to a new country undocumented. If the system allowed people a clear, fair path to citizenship, it’d be better for everyone.

  5. Conflicted

    July 30, 2010 at 10:10 am

    This is a nation of immigrants. That is true. My family immigrated to the US and I am a proud American. But it is also a nation of laws.

    The issue with illegal immigration, or any illegal activity, is that there is a dark underside to it. We get good, hard working families, but we also get drug dealers, home invasions, kidnapping, gangs, and crime.

    Since people are here illegally, it’s a small step to other illegal activities. Fake IDs turn into identity theft.

    We need laws, we also need intelligent and compassionate humans enforcing the laws. I see both sides to this.

    That said, if your in Mexico illegally, you get sent to jail. Google how Mexico treats immigrants from Guatemala. It’s not Racist to protect your borders and enforce your laws.

  6. Jack

    July 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

    If you want to talk about illegal activity then we need to talk about the entire scope of illegal activity supporting people who are in America illegally.

    Remember Zoe Baird? She was Bill Clinton’s unsuccessful nominee for attorney general. It was found out that Baird had employed an illegal immigrant couple and failed to pay Social Security taxes

    Remember Linda Chavez? She withdrew as Bush’s first nominee for labor secretary after it was learned she had housed an illegal immigrant.

    Remember James Arthur Gibbons? He was Governor of Nevada, who hired illegal immigrants as housekeepers and nannies.

    Remember Bernard Kerik? He was up for director of Homeland Security when it was found out that he failed to pay taxes for a nanny who “may” have been illegal immigrant. His career came to a screeching halt.

    Those listed above aren’t day to day typical people. There are the movers and wannabe shakers of the world. They just forgot the cardinal rule for having illegal immigrants work for them, “Always subcontract the job”, that way there isn’t a paper trail leading to your door step.

    Illegal immigration isn’t about babies and the 14 amendment of the constitution; it’s about poverty and hopelessness. People believe that at least here they might have a chance.

  7. santos

    July 30, 2010 at 11:33 am


    The first two posts are not arguments for “comprehensive immigration reform” which is seen as a tag word for amnesty. Any thinking person, left or right, will probably support a streamlining of the red tape of legal immigration. Amnesty is unacceptable as it encourages illegal immigration…as it did in the past.There has to be a limit to the number of immigrants allowed every year obviously and logically. Legal immigrants should be from countries around the world. Obviously in times of strife, more asylum seekers will be from fewer places. A percentage should be for asylum, a percentage for people that just want to move here. We have to limit the amount by people who are uneducated and/or unskilled. You should be expected to learn English within a certain amount of time of your arrival. Burdening our schools with ESL students helps nobody. Like many countries, we should have a percentage of immigrants with money to invest and advanced degrees. Everyone in this country supports immigrant rights…there are no such thing as legal rights for illegal immigrants…DUH!

  8. ryan

    July 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Clayton Henkel,

    Your headline is dishonest. The efforts that those protesters are marching against are anti-illegal immigration. I do not know why the media has such difficulty with that. Since it is such a simple concept, the most logical explanation is that it is dishonesty.
    Please correct that blatant falsehood Mr. Henkel. If you will not, please explain why your personal opinion trumps truth and accuracy. Thank You.

  9. Tothepoint

    July 30, 2010 at 11:48 am


    I for one agree with you that comprehensive immigration reform is needed.

    And while there is a large population of existing illegal immigrants here now, and they did break the law in doing so, I believe that there should be some process to allow a lawful, orderly entry into our citizenship for those with established situations.

    We have allowed many to stay and work here and so we must accept the responsibility of our inaction and seek a reasonable conclusion.

    Many are hard working, honest, decent people. That there is no doubt.

    But having said that, we must make sure that going forward, we do not allow the problem to “reload” itself and find ourselves back in the same predicament.

  10. Builder

    July 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

    All of you are just whiners, get over it, people immigrate all the time, just like in the old days, im sure all of you sure know what im talking about, the only difference is that there weren’t any laws, or maybe the people weren’t as selfish. Its not the fact that they’ve broken the law, if you really look at it, its a matter of being selfish. You know its true, don’t bitch and say, they’ve broken the law, because if that’s the case, you have to, you crossed a whole entire ocean and killed all the native people who helped you…Um…So stop bitching and moaning and get a fucking life.

  11. Tothepoint

    July 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm


    Sounds like you got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

    Either that or somebody took away your W.O.W. playing privleges.

    Anyway, have a nice day :)

  12. Brittanicus

    July 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Just the rumor of–DE FACTO AMNESTY FROM WASHINGTON—filtering by word of mouth across Mexico, Latin America and the rest of the world–could have desperate, impoverished millions suddenly appearing along the border, ready to run the gauntlet? If you think this couldn’t happen, you better read about the 1986–AMNESTY?

    Today, I heard that US U.S. Sen. Grassley other Senators again asking the administration if plans are underway for large-scale de facto amnesty. Here is an excerpt from the letter.

    Dear Secretary Napolitano:

    We remained concerned about potential plans for a large-scale effort to offer parole or to defer action on undocumented aliens in the United States. We realize that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. However, we do not believe that such actions should be used for a large population of illegal aliens or used to bypass Congress and the legislative process.

    News articles report that your department has denied the charge, stating that grants of parole or deferred removal are based on the merits of individual cases. While we have not personally been assured that plans have not been drawn up, we are interested in data that will guarantee the American people that the Administration is not using these discretionary actions in cases that are not urgent or based on humanitarian reasons.

    To me this is a very dangerous precedence and will certainly alienate the very government who swore allegiance en-mass of the American people to defend us. This administration will be seen as an enemy of “THE PEOPLE” if such a—executive order—undermining the Congress an ultimate outrage of “The Rule of Law.” If what Sen. Grassley surmises could be true, all of us are in series trouble. This would be a slap in the face of privileged legal immigrants, who have waited patiently for years. For our wilting Social Security in the future.

    Without the inception of the internet, we would never know of Arizona’s financial hardship, an interoffice memo of a de facto AMNESTY. This abomination caused by the unceasing inroads of people slipping past the US border Patrol. National Newspapers have become the dark domain of Liberal articles and commentary, which is not feeding the whole story of the hardships, caused by the large neighborhoods of illegal immigrants. The criminal activities are specifically suppressed; because the truth is Liberal open border crowd doesn’t want the truth to be known. Even if a De Facto—AMNESTY—was initiated, would the REAL DOUBLE FENCE BE BUILT, WOULD THE MILLIONS STOP TRYING SLIP INTO OUR NATION? Only the World Wide Web offers news articles that although not always known to be true, usually are?

    This country is never been without sympathy, but FAIRS analysis of illegal aliens draining $113 billion dollars a year from public money reservoirs, so we must demand that our countryman comes first. It is a growing sore that the border state of Arizona by mandated law must give health care, education and for many illegal foreigners incarceration. And these laws are forced upon all taxpayers and never reimbursed accordingly by Washington. The only defense innocent Americans have against this apathy was for Governor Jan Brewer to sign into law SB 1070, so they can start removing–ALL–foreign nationals from the state. The conflict now that is absurd is the federal government, suing its own people. This is will be a huge cross to bear for the Obama presidency, the Democratic leadership in this November.

    It seems he has surrendered to the open border lobbyists and turned a deaf ear to the US taxpayers, who must continuously furnish money for welfare programs for foreign nationals. A large chunk of this money is extorted under the 14th amendment that has resurfaced as ethically wrong. No illegal family should be allowed to have immediate citizenship for their infant, specifically if this was an intentional purpose to collect welfare benefits, low income housing, food stamps and other needs.


  13. Sharon Liu

    July 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Great to see people speaking out for comprehensive immigration reform!

    With huge and rising unemployment, what a perfect time to legalize a vast number of new people low in skills and high in need. That’s a super idea.

    Also, with our huge budget deficits putting our economy on the brink of a disaster a la Greece, what a great time to legalize millions more unskilled and uneducated people. A nice bonus is that they will be eligible to receive a huge range of government social services, though they will almost all be among the 40% of people who pay no federal income taxes at all. Also isn’t it terrific that they will become eligible to bring in their uncles, nieces, parents, etc. Some of these folks probably need kidney transplants and bypass surgery and so forth?––we can pay for all that stuff too!

    Also, it will be swell that our schools–already sinking in international comparisons–will have lots more problem cases to challenge them!

    Mass immigration of unskilled people has already approximately *doubled* our poverty rate–why stop there?

    References: http://www.fairus.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=23198&security=1601&news_iv_ctrl=1741

    Yes, Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a super idea to help things in this country!

  14. The Progressive Pulse – Lunch links

    August 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    […] those who missed it we have pictures from the march against oppressive anti-immigration measures. At the rally Bob Geary caught up with […]

  15. Khalil

    December 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

    It would seem like the same people who don’t want to be called racist would support immigration reform. But alot don’t yes they have broken the law but they are not hurting anyone stealing or inducing fear. Also I hear things like wetback spic and beaner, which are from some of the same people who claim to not be racist. Some of them know it’s hard to immigrate here don’t support that either, but complain that Obama is not doing anything about illegal immigrants, obama want’s a system where it helps immigrant but also helps america.

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