Thursday, September 6, 2007

Mariann Davies - Voice of the People Rally - Harrisburg, PA

Mariann Davies is with the group You Don't Speak For Me. Their name is very ironic in my opinion, but at least they realize that they also don't "speak for me."

Thankfully she did not get into the hate speech and insinuations that all "illegal" immigrants are murderers like her colleagues from New Jersey did. (Carmen Morales and Miguel Cruz.) However, she is very obviously upset. So much so that she couldn't remember if it was her father or her grandfather that immigrated here. After telling us it was her father she simply regressed into the common chant "this is not our grandfather's and father's" America. Maybe she doesn't understand what was happening in our grandfather's America, but many minorities of that time surely have a few stories.

Why do these groups continue intimating at this country's past as if it was all bubble-gum and parades? Have they forgotten about the extreme racism that held this country throughout the majority of the last century? Or is it just a convenient chant to make people feel that we've lost them good ol' days. You know, the days when it was legal to lynch someone and colored people were segregated from whites.

Just because Mariann's group is made up of Hispanics does not mean they are not prejudice and/or racist. Intercultural racism and prejudice is very much prevalent throughout the world. This is currently very apparent in Rwanda.

While Mariann stresses about how to pay for college for her four children (her choice to have that many) others throughout the world are trying to figure out where their next meal will come from. There are currently 143 million orphans in the world. Why not adopt? Either way I'd rather be trying to figure out how to pay for college then how I'm going to pay for my next meal.

Lastly, it is very disturbing to me that Mariann would stand before a considerable amount of skinheads and white supremacists and give her speech. This is far more ironic than the name of her group. If she has no problem speaking against La Raza why wouldn't she speak against those skinheads at the rally? link

Mariann Davies:

I'm not sure if you can see me over this. (laughing - she is just slightly taller than the podium) but thank you everyone for coming. Thank you to all the Pennsylvanians that are here.

I just want to tell you a little bit for those of you that don't know our organization - I'm also standing with two of our other founding members, Carmen Morales and Joe Perez from New Jersey. I live in beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania and I'm a proud citizen of this commonwealth.

My family, my parents were legal immigrants from Quito, Ecuador. They - my father came here over fifty years ago. He became a proud naturalized citizen. He served this country in Korea during the Korean war - proudly. My parents did everything the right way. We expect everyone to follow the rules no matter where they come from. It is unfair when there is 3 million applications for people to become naturalized citizens or are trying to bring their family members abroad, from abroad legally and have to wait sometimes a decade to get paperwork done. And we have an open door to the south. We have millions of people here who have cheated. To my children I say how fare is that? We tell our children you have to stand in line, you have to wait your turn, but on the other hand, in our country, that's not the case. If you cheat you prosper. And those of us who are following the rules or come from families who've played by the rules. This is not my grandfather's or my father's America any more either.

Like all Americans we are all so very proud of our ancestral heritage. In our private lives we cherish many of the customs and traditions that our ancestors brought to this country, but we affirm our status as citizens of the US in our civic lives. We are first and foremost Americans. (applause) We embrace the principles of our nation and the rule of law which are set forth in our constitution and we reject all attempts to divide this nation along ethnic, racial, or religious lines. (applause) And to those of you here who are with La Raza our group came together because when sat there and we watched millions of illegal aliens and their supporters - the profiteers of illegal immigration - the businesses, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Lawyers Guild, the SCIU, the Service Employees International Union, the ACLU, Answer LA, and communist and socialist organizations supporting those who break our laws. Having these marches in the cities of our streets, excuse me, in the streets of our cities, we were highly offended. Not only because they purported to speak for all Hispanics and making everybody think, including you that we all think that way. We came together to say "No mas." (applause)

You Don't Speak For Me supports an immigration policy that requires everyone to respect the laws of this nation that protects the legitimate interests of the American people. That embraces newcomers of all backgrounds who obey our laws. Who contribute to the common good and endeavor to become a part of the fabric of American society. We are all from different immigrant backgrounds we may have been here generations, but what unites us is our language, the respect for the laws and customs and norms of this great nation and assimilation.

We believe these views are shared by the vast majority of Americans including those of Hispanic heritage. Any individual or organization that does not espouse these core values does not speak for us.

Again, I'm here as an American. I am also a proud spouse of a Union Member, a mother of four children, a daughter of legal naturalized citizens and a proud citizen of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I also want to encourage all of you to get on the phones next week and call your local state representatives, your local state senators and demand, not ask, not insist - we're way past that - demand that they get Daryl Metcalve's legislation out of committee, on to the floor for a vote. I do not want to stand in front of a podium a month from now, two months from now calling to an end for sanctuary policies in Pennsylvania because of some tragedy. I don't want us to wait until something horrible happens like what happened in New Jersey. We have already had enough of our citizens in this, in this state and even in my county being victimized by criminal illegal aliens who have been deported before - who have had many encounters with local law enforcement and there's no cooperation or a cohesive policy with local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. I do not want to become another sanctuary state, I am done with that, I don't want to be like New Jersey. I want Governer Rendell to take this issue seriously. He's being silent on the matter because he thinks Pennsylvanians don't care. I don't want to wait any longer. We need to stop the sanctuary state, sanctuary policies, we need to be proactive in Pennsylvania, not reactive. Not one more victim.

And with that I just want to keep it short. Thank you all for coming. Make sure you get on the phones.

The last thing I want to say was mentioned briefly, the Dream Act. Those of you that don't know - might not know what that is. Right now they're trying to pass amnesty piecemeal. The Dream Act for me is something in particular that hits home. We have four children and we are trying to figure out how we are going to afford for them to go to college. And apparently all of us have been contributing tax dollars that the illegal alien lobby wants us to contribute to subsidize college tuition for illegal alien students that are here right now. (applause and booing) To make matters worse, not only are they demanding that we subsidize in state college tuition and benefits to any public college and university in this country for illegal aliens, but they also want those illegal alien students to become citizens when they graduate. I have a problem with that. First of all, it puts an illegal alien student - and I know many of them may have come her as children not through there own will, but the bottom line, just like financial aid - we're rewarding their families for crossing the border illegally. And we're going to give them college tuition? That puts an illegal alien college student under the dream act in a better position than any US citizen college student in any of the other 49 states. It also is incredibly fundamentally unfair to all of the hundreds of thousand of foreign students who come here under student visas. They often have to show money in the bank before they come across - before they come to the United States to pay for their tuition. They're not allowed to tap into any public or federal financial aid or state loans or governments or grants and they certainly do not - are not automatically entitled to citizenship. When their student visa runs out they have to go home and then they can reapply to be a citizen. So basically again the Dream Act would put an illegal alien student not only in a better position than ever US citizen college student, but even those that come from abroad and play by the rules. We have to stop the Dream Act. It's on the floor right now. Call your federal legislators.

And with that, ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for having us. Enjoy your labor day weekend.

God bless America. (applause)

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