Posts Tagged ‘Boston immigration rally 5-1-10’

Back on May 4th I contrasted the 10,000+ tea party rally in Boston with the 300 person open borders rally

The biggest difference between the two groups?

The Tea Party protesters drew 10,000 people to Boston on a weekday and will be a force in the upcoming elections nationally.

The May Day/open borders protesters, drew 300 people to Boston on a Saturday. It remains to be seen if they will have any pull come November.

That very next day the Boston City Council voted for a boycott:

Meanwhile closer to home Boston’s counsel unanimously initiated their own boycott. Governor Patrick blasted the law and questioned the motivations of those proposing tougher rules in the state while in Worcester Tea Party members supporting it were called “racist” and “nazi” as the AG declared: “it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts.”

Well that was back in May but with Arizona Gov Jan Brewer coming to Boston I’m sure they would be able to do better…or perhaps not.

What a bust.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, liberal Massachusetts’ Darth Vader du jour, was supposed to draw thousands to Copley Square yesterday to protest what sign-holders called her “racist” and “bigoted” views of immigrants south of her border.

Only a few hundred showed up.

It may have taken 2 months but the City council of Boston has suddenly learned to count and they don’t like the numbers:

Red-faced Boston city councilors who boldly voted to shun the state of Arizona over its new immigration crackdown are now showing signs of boycotter’s regret.

The grandstanding pols kept a low profile when the target of their boycott came to their city on Saturday. Some acknowledged taking a pass on the much-hyped protest of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for weekend vacations and other engagements – while one councilor even admitted the embargo was ill-conceived.

In fact the line seems to be Boycott? Moi?

“I wouldn’t refer to it as a boycott. It was a number of things. It was a statement,” said Ross, who was away for the weekend as the protest took place.

The measure passed with great fanfare. Mayor Thomas M. Menino vowed to scrutinize contracts with Arizona firms. But Menino administration officials have failed to respond when asked if any firms have been singled out for action.

Councilors have privately expressed regret, saying they’ve been verbally accosted by angry constituents and taken aback by the level of national attention the boycott brought.

Jules Crittenden is having a lot of fun with this:

This scurrying is taking place in the wake of the much ballyhooed anti-Arizona protest that fizzled in downtown Boston, when only a few hundred diehard activists with “RACIST” signs showed up, many of them bused in from out of town. Tragic, here in the very Heart of Blueness, that they should have to be outsourcing their moonbattery, to do the protesting that local libs apparently won’t do. No wonder they’re caving so easy.

He continues quoting Genghis Khan a bit, meanwhile no word on if the no longer numerically challenged council are going to reverse themselves.

Now a Memorandum thread Captain Ed at Hotair notices some nuance as well.

It is not the same as it actually passing or being signed by the Gov, but it’s a start:

The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

The amendment would also require the state’s public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.

Hotair asks some political questions:

Assuming it passes the Massachusetts house, does Deval Patrick dare veto it? He’ll want to, of course, but he’s up for reelection this year and 84 percent support ain’t beanbag.

Since the Mass House isn’t as contested as it should be they might just not pass it, but then again maybe they know the difference between 300 & 10,000.

I actually talked to David at the Protest in front of John Olver’s office weeks ago. He was the fellow who disagreed with the Healthcare bill from the left who talked to me while observing the protest.

After the camera was off I met his wife and kids. Very nice people. Also they know my mother and had wonderful things to say about her. Of the people there he had the most moderate views and in conversation he and his wife make some important points. I’ll likely be talking more about David and his family in my next Examiner column so I’ll save my stuff for that.

The one thing I really would like to see is him to attend a tea party and actually talk to the people there. Maybe the next Twin City Tea Party. I think he would be surprised at how he would be received and the views of the people there.

I talked to the three filmmakers at PennyWisdom. They covered the march/protest too and I grabbed their take:

They also interviewed me but I can’t find their stuff online might not be up yet. I wish them the best of luck.