Earlier today, the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition hosted a statewide march and rally for “comprehensive immigration reform” including a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens in the state capital. Here is a short video montage of the rally.

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Between one and two thousand activists from across Texas showed up, and then rallied against deportations and the “militarization” of the border…


…with Austin’s finest on hand to direct traffic and provide security. So much for living in the so-called shadows.

Illegal immigration activists have gotten much smarter over the last few years. In the past, rallies like this one would be festooned with the flag of Mexico. But not today. Only Old Glory was allowed to fly.

Though one activist did manage a sneak.

Here’s a closer look. The only thing missing is an eagle eating a snake.

A common theme: Stop breaking illegal immigrant families up by deporting the parents, who have had children here in the US.

But thousands, maybe millions, of illegal aliens have created the situation they find themselves in by crossing the border illegally and then having children in the US, who are thereby American citizens. So the demand to stop breaking families up is essentially a demand to stop enforcing the law once some folks have gotten away with flouting it.

Along with Old Glory, the activists flew these curious red, white and black flags.

Some were professionally made, some homemade. They were all based on this flag.

It’s the flag of the United Farm Workers union. Big Labor, in fact, was very much behind the rally.

The SEUI: Obama’s favorite union.

The message was straightforward: Stop enforcing immigration law.

“BORDER” is the word behind the heads of the crowd. So, “NO MORE MILITARIZATION OF THE BORDER.”

This rally took place in Austin, more than 300 miles from the “militarized” border. With police escort that blocked and re-routed traffic for the ralliers.

The socialist fist made an appearance behind these young protest babes.

So did an overused slogan that, in this context, carries more than a hint of a threat.

The “justice” they seek is to fundamentally undermine our national sovereignty and immigration laws. Real justice would have seen the school-aged children who attended the rally taken to school. And this man…

…sent back across the “militarized” border.

But no arrests were made.

Beyond the fact that the ralliers decried a “militarized” border which does not exist, and chanted against deportations they clearly do not fear actually happening to them, there is a larger irony. The great irony of the rally was that it was supposedly held to put pressure on President Obama to “do something” to get the Republicans to go along with some form of “comprehensive immigration reform.” The SEIU’s presence gives the game away, though: The pressure toward Obama is phony. The fact is, President Obama does not want to implement any solution that will permanently solve the many problems associated with illegal immigration. As a racial wedge issue with which he can beat up on Republicans, it’s just too useful to him. As a means to divide America and push for “reforms” that cement some high percentage of the Hispanic vote to him and the Democratic Party, it’s vital. The last thing Obama wants is a real, permanent solution that would end up taking his political advantages away from him while giving millions of Hispanic voters a means to reach the middle class, where the American dream leads to property ownership and a naturally more conservative worldview.

There are conservatives and Republicans who offer real solutions, like the Texas Public Policy Foundation. But Obama will not listen to any of those ideas. Those ideas and the people who formulate them don’t exist, to him.

Most if not all of those present at the Austin rally are being exploited by Big Labor and the Democrats, who want illegal immigration as a wedge issue and vote factory, and corporate interests, who want illegal immigration to continue as a source of cheap, off-the-books labor. One price we pay for this is a porous border that endangers families and communities while fueling the drug war in Mexico. Barack Obama wants people living in the shadows, fearing evil Republicans and the possibility of deportation. Either that, or he wants to grant full citizenship as soon as possible for those already here, in time to give him total power in the 2014 mid-terms. That will inevitably lead to more illegal immigration, as the possibility of easy citizenship serves as a magnet. Until the next round of amnesty, they will live in the so-called “shadows.” Their fear will be useful to Democrats as well, until their votes become even more useful.