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    Illegal immigration protest draws crowd ... legal.html

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 04/18/06

    D.A. King has held lonely protests against illegal immigration, even paying participants to hold signs and stand with him. He needed no such help Monday.

    The Cobb County activist was joined at the Capitol by dozens protesting recent calls for amnesty by illegal immigrants.
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    JOHN SPINK / Staff Malachi Foster, 8, has had heart surgery and a kidney transplant. His mother, Lisa Morton, says immigrants are clogging the health system.


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    King estimated that the crowd swelled to 300 at one point, though Capitol police estimated it as less than half that number.

    "I don't know how many people are here today, but there's 10,000 times this many people thinking the same thing we are thinking," King told the crowd.

    Many in the crowd waved American flags and held signs reading, "Illegal Aliens Are Criminals," "Enforce Our Laws," "Secure Our Borders," "Pay For Your Own Babies and Healthcare" and "Margaritas Yes Illegals No."

    A few protesters wore sombreros and held inflatable characters, including a jalapeño pepper with a "No amnesty" message. A small group of counterprotesters stood across the street, at least one with a sign reading, "Go Back to Europe."

    The noontime crowd roared its approval when King informed them that Gov. Sonny Perdue planned to sign Senate Bill 529 later in the day — which he did. The measure, passed by the General Assembly in March, seeks to crack down on illegal immigrants and those who hire them.

    King said he was motivated in part by the recent show of strength by Hispanics, who have taken to the streets en masse in major U.S. cities, including Atlanta. He stirred the crowd with his opening: "I am an American citizen who has had enough!"

    The bill's sponsor, Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), addressed the rally, as did state Reps. Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) and Matt Dollar (R-Marietta). Catherine Davis, a candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat, and John Konop, running in the 6th Congressional District, also spoke.

    The crowd cheered when Rogers was introduced, chanting, "Chip! Chip! Chip!"

    The biggest reaction came when King told the crowd Davis was seeking to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney. The crowd cheered and applauded Davis, who further won over protesters by suggesting that illegal immigrants "go home."

    King and other speakers emphasized that they do not oppose legal immigration. He introduced Maria Litland, a legal Austrian immigrant.

    "That's how you come into this country," she said, holding up her green card. She called the green card "a gift," and said it was a "slap in the face to every legal immigrant ... to have any elected official let illegal aliens sneak into our country and allow them to remain here."

    Jim Newman of Lawrenceville held up a large sign reading, "Pay For Your Own Babies and Healthcare."

    "Most of us here don't have a problem with legal immigrants," said Newman, a construction contractor. "What we are here for is the illegals that don't pay their taxes."

    On Saturday a mother-daughter duo from the Smyrna area held an anti-immigration rally at the Capitol that drew about 60 people.

    King, who acknowledged paying 14 homeless men to hold up signs at an October protest at the Capitol, said he believed Monday's rally was a turning point for his movement.

    "It was a very big day," said King, who first took to the streets in September 2003 with six other people. "I feel like we've passed the point where speaking about illegal immigration is politically incorrect. What I saw today were Americans of all colors, sizes and shapes standing up for the rule of law and secured borders in their own nation."

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    Illegal immigration draws protest draws crowd

    This is great news! I believe that this is just the beginning. There will be many, many more rallys, marches, protests. We know we are in the right. As far as the illegals mocking us and saying we don't have the numbers, they have NO CLUE as to who we are or what we are like when riled. We made it through the Revolutionary War, through the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Mexican-American War ( guess who won? DUH! ),the great Depression, two world wars, Vietnam and now Iraq.
    The illegals say they are the giant but if that is so, then we are Jack, the giant killer and they don't know Jack --- yet! But they WILL find out the further they push us.
    Enough Is Enough. America has always been a country that has opened her heart to immigrants. But these are not immigrants who come here to become part of us, to become Americans. They are foreign invaders who want to sabotage and take over our country. And I have a HUGE problem with that. I don't hate these people. But I don't want them to turn MY country into some third world messpot like the one they come from.
    I intend to sign petitions, write congress and go to marches and rallies as I am able ( I am disabled and have a hard time walking but will try as best I can ). If I find myself in a position to be able to do so I would love to volunteer with the Minutemen also.

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