Ten thousand Illinoisans reportedly are in Washington, D.C. today to press for immigration reform. They picked a lousy day, because all eyes will be on the U.S. House of Representatives for their final bickering and vote on the healthscare bill about 6:00PM.
Over 100,000 may be there to try to get President Obama's attention on the immigration issue.
Well down in the locally-written article in today's Northwest Herald is this amazing statement by Carlos Acosta, a McHenry County counselor and until recently the Executive Director of the McHenry County Latino Coalition. He is quoted as saying, "In McHenry County there are about 10,000 'out of status' immigrants, with about 30,000 total immigrants."
'Out of status'? I think he means "illegal" immigrants. Undocumented immigrants. People who are in McHenry County, in Illinois and in the United States, illegally. That's one-third (1/3) of the immigrants in the County who are here illegally. 'Out of status' is one of those "soft" phrases designed to make the reader not think "illegal".
How many of the 10,000 Illinoisans traveling to Washington, D.C. on the 150 buses are illegal immigrants? By his numbers, it could be that 3,333 of them are illegal immigrants.
Carlos Leiva, of Woodstock, told the reporter, "We have the right to vote. We as voters have power." Only qualified and registered voters have the right to vote. So far as I know, illegal immigrants do not have the right to vote.
However, as anchor babies reach age 18, they will have the right to vote, and this is where the tide will turn in the U.S.A.