Roy Innis, the National Chairman of
the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Stated
yesterday on The CORE Hour, CORE’s weekly radio
program, that the immigration movement is not a
fight for rights guaranteed by the constitution as
in the case of the Civil Rights Movement.
According to Roy Innis, “ while there
are some similarities in the desires of the Civil
Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s and the
Immigration Movement there are fundamental
differences. The Civil Rights Movement was a morally
based and constitutionally based drive for rights.
While the immigrant movement is a drive to appeal to
the American people for the privilege of becoming a
legal resident of this country. The Civil Rights
Movement’s strategy was politically and legally
based. The Immigrant Movement lacks a constitutional
imperative. These are important differences that
leaders of the immigrant movement must understand,
as they design strategies and their tactics.
Immersing themselves in a sea of foreign flags is
not an effective way to encourage the American
people to grant them this privilege. After being
sensitized by the Civil Rights Movement of the
l950’s and l960’s, and when properly appealed to,
Americans are open-minded, generous, and pragmatic”.
Roy Innis insisted that regardless of
one’s position on the immigration issue, the primary
concern must be for homeland security. “It is not
possible to ignore 12 million undocumented
immigrants in our mist. Something must be done, like
it or not”.
Mr. Innis implores the House and the
Senate to achieve a compromise based on sound
principles to solve the immigration problem for the
sake of national security and in the name of human