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March 29, 2004

This is totally uncalled for and absurd

Demonstrators Swarm Around Rove's Home (washingtonpost.com)

This group of people wants the US government to allow illegal aliens to pay the lower costs for a college education that citizens pay - in the state they live in.

Leaders said they want Bush to advocate for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, a bill that would permit immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years to apply for legal resident status once they graduate from high school. The measure would eliminate provisions of current federal law that discourage states from providing in-state tuition to undocumented student immigrants.

Immigrant activists say that 50,000 to 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high school each year and that many students can afford college only at the reduced, in-state rates given to legal residents.

Well, fine, they certainly have the right to express their opinion. There are several problems with what they want and how to go about getting it.

First of all, since Karl Rove is not an elected official and does not represent any constituency, it was rude and downright ignorant for them to storm his house. There is a reason that people have to take a test to become citizens, and that is to understand how the government runs here in the USA.

Their behavior was not only rude, it was illegal trespass:

Protesters poured out of one school bus after another, piercing an otherwise quiet, peaceful Sunday in Rove's Palisades neighborhood in Northwest, chanting, "Karl, Karl, come on out! See what the DREAM Act is all about!"

Rove obliged their first request and opened his door long enough to say, "Get off my property."

"Seems like he doesn't want to invite us in for tea," Emira Palacios quipped to the crowd.

Others chanted, "Karl Rove ain't got no soul."

The crowd then grew more aggressive, fanning around the three accessible sides of Rove's house, tracking him through the many windows, waving signs that read "Say Yes to DREAM" and pounding on the glass. At one point, Rove rushed to a window, pointed a finger and yelled something inaudible.

Secondly, this seems to me to be a State's issue - the State Universities determine what tuition is, not the Federal Government.

Thirdly, if they want to impress the rest of the country with how 'deserving' they are to earn status as legal aliens, they they ought to behave like people in a civilized country. They impress no one with tactics like that (except, I'm sure, Patriot Boy and friends).

Posted by Beth at March 29, 2004 03:36 PM