Above: La Raza protesters hijacking MLK’s legacy for a cause he would vehemently oppose, said his top aide and speechwriter.
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
As the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King today, advocates for illegal aliens have attempted to hijack the legacy of MLK to support their push for amnesty.
Yesterday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) — who once said “I have only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.” — described the movement to hand amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens as “our Selma“:
“This is our Selma and we will walk, we will march, we will be arrested, we will do anything and everything it takes to make sure families are protected in this nation,” Gutierrez said at the Friday evening gathering, according to audio obtained by the Latin Post.
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.”
Most outrageously, on MSNBC Wednesday, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, regarded as a rising star by the Democratic Party, compared the status of illegal immigrants in America to that of black slaves before the Civil War.
But according to King’s closest adviser, 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.”
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.