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Two groups arrived to face off in Vista, California recently.
A group affiliated with the Minutemen Project chose a corner of a busy street where day laborers congregate to hold a protest of illegal immigration. Another group opposing the Minutemen, and thus supporting illegal immigration, protested in an area around the corner, with sheriff's deputies in riot gear staged between the two groups.
The groups were roughly equal in size, although the minutemen were spread out and right on the curb, while the counter protesters took up less than half the curb space and were densly packed so it was not possible to walk past them on the sidewalk. A local television station, KUSI, distorted this in their report that they broadcast by doing a tight shot of a few Minutemen for a few seconds, and panning past several counter protesters for about 10 seconds to make the number appear much larger compared to the Minutemen. This suggests they are trying to depict a sort of "Brown Menace" with hordes of people implied. Viewing the StaggerOn video, shot from a moving bicycle, it took about 26 seconds to ride past the Minutemen group and 11 seconds to ride past the counter protesters, so KUSI is caught in an obvious distortion.
The Minutemen group was noticeably an older group of people, with a large percentage of them in their 50's and 60's. They were loosely spaced, with many casual conversations going on between them, and occasional chanting. Several Republican party stickers and items were present, which is ironic since it is Republican policy to allow businesses to have access to cheap labor by ignoring immigration laws in all but a token manner.
The counter protesters were very noticeably younger, mostly 20's and 30's and mostly Hispanic. They were tightly packed, making passage on the sidewalk difficult, and they chanted a lot more, mostly in Spanish. Chants such as "without borders" and "one people" were heard, and most signed denounced racism. No obvious Aztlan or Reconquista people were present, but there were two large Mexican flags that may indicate Reconquista sympathies among some people in the crowd.
It is obvious that the Minutemen are fighting a battle in a conflict that was already decided over 20 years ago. As seen in this map, the future of the southwest belongs to their opponents. Bush and his neocon cohorts have ceded it over, and all that is left is to become fluent in Spanish in order to converse with the new neighbors.
Every time in the last 25 years you didn't hire your neighbor's son or daughter to mow the lawn or babysit, but went with the really bargain priced labor, and then did the same for the construction project later on, you gave a little more toehold to someone who did not have all the paperwork in order. Then you voted for politicians who told you those sweet lies, and you bought it. But you got that deck built in back for a bargain price. We Americans did this to ourselves. Welcome the new neighbors because they are here to stay. Se habla espaņol.
Watch the video of this event (12 MB) Here