A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS MONDAY APRIL 10 2006
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Gains Momentum
Washington, DC The full Senate began to debate immigration reform this past week. The bill that will be debated and amended is the Senate Judiciary Committee bill that was approved by 12-6 bipartisan majority.
Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown Law School today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveillance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.
To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet.
Fortunately for him, it was a brief speech... followed by a panel discussion that basically ripped his argument in half.
And, as one of the people on the panel said,
When youre a law student, they tell you that if you cant argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you cant argue the facts, argue the law. If you cant argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again its lawful, and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough.
In light of this, Im proud of the very civil disobedience that was shown here today.
- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor
It was a good day for dissent.
During Diversity Day Celebration, these Japanesse students taught others how to make Oregami. (photo: Axel Hernandez).