Over 80 peaceful activists gathered at City Hall in Pasadena, CA for a Tea Party Against Amnesty. It was one of 53 rallies held coast-to-coast last Saturday. To my surprise, 90% of the attendees were already NumbersUSA members (we signed up the other 10). It was great to see and feel the activism in person and talk personally with our members, many of whom drove 1-2 hours to attend the event. It was a sunny day in California with members representing Moorpark, Camarillo, Montrose, Orange County, Inglewood, and the San Fernando Valley among others.
Hello Pasadena. Hello California. Hello fellow Americans! We stand here today, united, over 1 million strong across this great nation as a voice of reason, as a voice of power, and as a voice against amnesty. There are over 50 events just like this one happening across the country today, and this is one of the largest. What is happening today in Congress is unacceptable. Health care for illegal aliens is unacceptable. Illegal immigrants’ taking our jobs is unacceptable. Any kind of blanket amnesty is unacceptable… and we will not stand for it. If anyone from the press is here today, I want you to take out your pen and write down this seven letter word: Liberty… Liberty… Liberty and justice for all. This is a Democrat issue, this is a Republican issue, this is a Conservative issue, and this is a Liberal issue. Immigration is a dynamic issue and by God we are going to lock down those borders, support our local law enforcement agencies, and we are going to stop amnesty in its tracks!
Today we stand here on the steps of city hall with our nation in a fragile state of the union. These are not good times California. 10.2% of this great country is out of work today. 1 in every 10 Americans is out of a job, and in many districts and states the number is higher, much, much higher. And still every month illegal aliens cross our borders, illegal aliens take our jobs, 60,000 illegal aliens come into this country every month, and you tell me today Pasadena is this right? No. There are somewhere between 11-20 million illegal aliens in the United States today. Is this right? No.
Will we stand for illegal aliens taking our jobs? No. Will we let tax payer money pay for healthcare for illegal aliens? No. And will we let Congress pass another amnesty? No.
I want each of you to call your Congressman and Senators on Monday and say: No amnesty for illegal aliens. I want each of you to fax your Congressman and Senators on Tuesday and say: No amnesty for illegal aliens. I want each of you to e-mail your Congressman and Senators on Wednesday and say: No amnesty for illegal aliens. I want each of you to go visit your Congressman and Senators on your lunch break on Thursday and say: No amnesty for illegal aliens. And then I want each and every one of you to call me on Friday and repeat to me: No amnesty for illegal aliens.
And I will tell each of you to keep fighting, keep calling, keep faxing, keep e-mailing, and to keep visiting your district office. Keep doing what you are doing! Keep up the good work! And go out there next week and do it again! I want every one of you to sign our mailing list, become a quick member if you are not already, read our Newsletter every Friday, and take action. And I want all of you to yell out right now: No amnesty for illegal aliens.
My great grandfather Kuzdrowski was a legal immigrant from Poland. When he arrived to Chicago, he kissed the ground and said “I’m proud to be an American.” My great grandfather Vicario was a legal immigrant from Italy. When he arrived to New York City, he kissed the ground and said “I’m proud to be an American.” In their honor I claim: These steps that we stand on today, and kiss the ground and say… We are all “Proud to be an American.” And together we pledge allegiance.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands: One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Now let me tell you another personal story. You may have heard people saying “We don’t want those jobs.” Have you heard this?
At 16 when I got my first job at Renicks Tree Farm in West Sunbury, Pennsylvania working in the fields trimming Christmas trees… I wanted that job. At 18 working the drive-thru window at Arby’s Roast Beef in Butler, Pennsylvania… I wanted that job. When I served in the US Army and the US Army Reserves in Ft. Dix, New Jersey and Ft. Lee, Virginia… I wanted that job. Waiting tables at BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse here in Woodland Hills while I was living in Reseda, California … I wanted that job. My internship and job at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA… I wanted that job. And my job today in Washington DC… I want that job. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that we don’t want those jobs. Now let’s take this rally to the streets and march around the block: No amnesty for illegal aliens!
The list of solutions to keep the long-term viability of the American citizen has to include the following: (1) Nationwide implementation of E-Verify, (2) Full support for 287(g) for our national and local law enforcement agencies to share resources, (3) Guarantee that any legal immigration law changes promote lower levels of immigration, and (4) Defeat of any blanket amnesty legislation. Wake up Pasadena. Wake up California. Wake up my fellow Americans. No amnesty for illegal aliens! Thank you for your support.
During my speech we were engaged by pro-immigration individuals. One was wearing an Arizona ACORN t-shirt and challenged one of our members. Check out this video:
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Updated: Tue, Nov 17th 2009 @ 4:13pm EST