Above: La Raza protesters hijacking MLK’s legacy for a cause he would vehemently oppose, said his top aide and speechwriter.
As the nation recognizes the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech, advocates for illegal aliens have attempted to hijack the legacy of MLK in order to attack the new law.
Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza (“The Race”), speaking at the Realize the Dream March and Rally days before the 50th anniversary of King’s speech, Murguia said, “We march so that everyone knows that true justice must include enacting comprehensive immigration reform.”
She also said Americans should march for illegal immigrants who live “in the shadows” and who “live in fear every day of their lives because they are undocumented.” Murguia also called on Americans to march for the so-called DREAMers whose “status,” she said, prevents them from achieving the American dream. Murguia said Hispanics knew Martin Luther King “was talking to us” when they listened to King’s speech.
Clarissa Martinez de Castro, the director of immigration policy for the La Raza, said that the effort to push through amnesty for tens of millions of illegal lawbreakers was equivalent to American citizen Blacks’ struggle for full civil rights. “At the core, we are talking about the same thing,” said de Castro, “This is a conversation about the value of a person. It was the core of the conversation then, and it is the core of the conversation now.”
But according to a man who was closer to Martin Luther King Jr. than perhaps any other person, the La Raza goons are full of bunk.
Clarence B. Jones, former personal counsel, advisor, close friend, and Dr. King’s speechwriter for the I Have a Dream speech, said that King would vehemently oppose the cause of amnesty for illegal aliens, and would be offended at the comparison of phony rights for lawbreakers to civil rights for oppressed citizen Blacks.
In his book, What Would Martin Say, Jones said:
What would Martin say to illegal aliens? He’d say, “If you’re in this country illegally, have you come here in order to protest what you consider an ‘unjust law?’ If you haven’t, then for whatever other reason you’re here, even if it’s to make money for your sick child, which is as good a reason as there is, then you’re just violating the immigration laws of this country and deserve no more consideration from the authorities than does a thief.
To politicians who pander cravenly to the illegal immigration lobby, Jones said Dr. King would say:
You were elected to do what’s right by your American constituents, whether or not they line your pockets with reelection donations. Please, before you make it easier for the unfortunate of other countries to come here, consider the cost of your actions on the less fortunate of the country whose Constitution you’ve sworn to uphold.”
Despite many “church” leaders now embracing amnesty, Jones said King would lambaste businessmen who put cheap illegal labor above what was moral:
To businesses who knowingly hire illegal aliens or choose not to know, Martin would say what he preached to the congregation at Ebenezer Baptist while still a student. He’d say, “We do not have to look very far to see the tragic consequences which develop when men worship the almighty dollar. First it causes men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life.”
Last Saturday, Janet Murguia of La Raza cited MLK’s support of labor leader Cesar Chavez, without noting that Chavez himself strongly opposed illegal immigration. Jones reminds us of this:
An example that Chavez cited frequently, and Martin would agree with, is the wink-wink-nudge-nudge open border that allowed countless numbers of illegal immigrants to flood across and either take or undermine jobs done by Americans, especially brown and black Americans.
Jones even challenges Blacks who have turned a blind eye or even advocated the “rights” of illegal aliens, despite how illegals have devastated Black communities with job losses and crime:
To Black Americans who have seen their jobs taken, and schools overtaken, he would say: “Why have you stood silently and turned the other way as though the fight belonged to someone else and not you, and the damage being done was not harming you?”
And to the leaders of the black community who claim to have the interests of their people at heart, he’d say: “Brothers, if half a dozen white men had executed some of our young black brothers, you would have been on the next plane and turned this mass murder into a 24/7 cable news show….(W)hy aren’t you doing the same wherever young men who have no legal right to be in this country gun down young black men whose ancestors have been on this soil for hundreds of years. In other words, why are you not in every city insisting that the police be allowed to enforce the laws? How many pieces of silver from political grievance groups that advocate for illegal immigration has it taken to buy your silence? Oh, and how much extra does it cost for you to do nothing when your people lose their jobs?”
Powerful words, from the man who wrote the powerful speech we remember on this day. Let us also remember how the illegitimate drive for amnesty for illegal alien lawbreakers has nothing to do with the crucial fight for Black civil rights championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And to even suggest they are the same is a despicable insult to all Black Americans.
Shame on you, Marguia, de Castro and Gutierrez.