While the political spotlight has been on the government shutdown, the Democrats have not forgotten that America's political future will be shaped by the immigration bill passed by the Senate but stalled in the House. In an effort to convince House Republicans to drop their opposition to the bill, congressional Democrats gave their support to a rally for the bill held on the National Mall, and eight House Democrats were even arrested for blocking a street near the Capitol following the rally.
It is, of course, telling that the Obama Administration gave access to the Mall to the organizers of the rally, despite preventing World War II veterans from visiting the World War II Memorial. Even more telling is this statement by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the leader of the House Democrats arrested after the rally. As VDARE's Peter Brimelow has noted, Gutierrez disdains loyalty to America and Americans, proclaiming instead, "I have only one loyalty, and that's to the immigrant community." Obama and Gutierrez know that, by giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and by importing millions of additional immigrants from the Third World, the immigration bill will give a dramatic, perhaps irreversible, boost to leftism in the United States. Let us hope that the Republicans in the House realize this, too.
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.