The Pro-Amnesty, Open-Border groups are trying a new approach in spreading their message according to a new article published by USA Today. Instead of focusing only on Congress, they are now focusing on local communities by helping illegal aliens assimilate into society and lobbying local law enforcement to avoid treatment that they view as harsh.
Commenting on the USA Today article, NumbersUSA President Roy Beck said he was told by the reporter that many local immigrant rights groups are planning to run patrols that warn illegal aliens when immigration enforcement is likely to happen -- or happening -- in their area.
"This goes far beyond legitimate political expression and moves into the arena of obstruction of justice," Roy said. "Even entertaining the idea of taking this action suggests that these groups are committed to the idea that everybody in the world has the same right to take a U.S. job as does an American citizen or a legal immigrant who already has settled here."
Pro-amnesty groups have grown frustrated from their inability to win legislative battles over the last four years despite aggressive lobbying in Washington. They say the new effort is a way to maintain a unified front like the ones seen during the protests of Arizona's enforcement law.
"The problem was that thousands of people would go to the events, and when it was finished, people would say 'What do we do now?' and they would go home," Francisco Pacheco, the East Coast coordinator for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told USA Today.
Individual states have become much more active in passing immigration enforcement laws in response to lax federal enforcement. The National Council of State Legislatures said that 44 states passed 191 immigration enforcement laws in the first part of 2010.
For more information, see USA Today.