The Drudge Report linked to a Reuters news report about the response to the recent Arizona law against illegal aliens.

Protest organizers said on Wednesday outrage over the Arizona law — which seeks to drive illegal immigrants out of the state bordering Mexico — has galvanized Latinos and would translate into a higher turnout for May Day rallies in more than 70 U.S. cities.

“The marches and demonstrations are going to be far more massive than they otherwise would have been,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, a Los Angeles rally organizer who runs an immigration assistance company.

First, May Day, among other things, is a celebration of socialism. And socialism isn’t anything that makes this red-blooded American feel like celebrating. I’m old enough to remember the May Day demonstrations of Soviet military might parading through Red Square. And I’m certain I’ll see plenty of socialist / communist flags and demonstrators mixed in with the other demonstrators in favor of illegal aliens.

Confused Protestors

Yes, even illegal aliens have rights. They have the right to live in their own country. They have the right to legally visit and even work in the United States. But they do not have the right to illegally enter this nation, just like we don’t have the right to illegally enter another nation.

And as I have pointed out before, Mexico treats their illegal aliens harshly. In fact, an AP report shows that the Mexico law is far harsher today in Mexico than the new Arizona law even thinks of being:

Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Such kidnappings affect thousands of migrants each year in Mexico, the report says.

Many are beaten, raped or killed in the process.

At present, Article 67 of Mexico’s Population Law says, “Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal … are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues.”

Here in the U.S., and even after the Arizona law goes into effect, people of any origin, legal or not, will still be able to attend school, go to the emergency room, and call the police. Under the new Arizona law a police officer may question the legal status of people if they suspect that they are here illegally. Under the current Mexican law, all authorities must ascertain the status of the person before doing anything else. I recall recently reading the parable of the mote and the beam that applies to the Mexican complaints of the new Arizona law.

Besides, what is it about illegal immigration that these demonstrators just don’t understand?

Today is May 1st, 2007, commonly called “May Day.” Socialists and Communists celebrate the day as “Labor Day” and mouth platitudes about the working class, but gone are the days of of Soviet soldiers and war machines parading through Red Square in Moscow, and good riddance. But neither May Day nor Labor Day are official American celebrations on this day. Here it is “Loyalty Day,” and it is an appropriate day for Americans to fly the flag as a show of loyalty to these United States.

And how are people showing their loyalty? Why, by marching for illegal aliens, of course!

Thomas Rodriguez, of Aurora, stood in Union Park wearing a shirt that said: “We are hard workers. We’re not criminals.”

The 38-year-old has had no legal status since he came to the United States from Mexico in 1989 and is an employee at a Japanese restaurant in Chicago.

“Recent raids have worried me,” he said. “We worry deportations are leaving too many young people without parents.”

Oh, where to begin? Well, first, if you come to the States illegally, then that–by definition–makes you a criminal. The phrase I’m looking for here is “Duh!” Rodriguez is worried about being deported, which is nice and all, but that’s a bit like a habitual speeder worrying about getting a speeding ticket. Every job where I’ve ever worked has required me to provide either proof of U.S. citizenship or a valid green card. Since Rodriguez came to the U.S. illegally, he does not and cannot have valid documentation to work here or to remain here. Either he has obtained fake documents–which is illegal–or he is being paid “under the table” in cash and not paying any taxes on his earnings–which is, all together now, illegal. But he’s no criminal! His T-shirt says so.

“Most of the undocumented people come here as a necessity of survival,” said Rosendo Delgado, of Latinos United, one of the groups organizing the march. “For them, it’s the only choice.”

It’s funny, but during the years I lived in Mexico, I don’t recall stepping over the bodies of people who just couldn’t survive there. There are many wonderful, hard-working people in Mexico who are surviving just fine, regardless of what Delgado says. As I see it, it’s not the promise of America that draws illegal aliens as much as it is the promise of American dollars. A minimum wage job in the U.S. offers about ten times the salary of a similar minimum wage job in Mexico. If an illegal alien obtains such a job and sends back to Mexico only half of his or her yearly earnings, that sum is the equivalent of five years’ worth of wages in Mexico. And they can send even more money home if they have better-paying jobs, such as construction or working in a Japanese restaurant in Chicago. The Mexican government has no impetus to stop its citizens from heading to the U.S. illegally, because so much money comes back to them. I remember hearing that money sent from the States has surpassed even oil revenues as the top source of income for Mexico, but whether it’s in first or second place, that’s a pile of money.

But Delgado is wrong in his assertion that heading for the States is a Mexican national’s only choice. As I see it, there are at least four choices, but people like Rodriguez and Delgado, and millions like them, want all the benefits of being legal residents without messing with that annoying requirement of actually obeying the law.

You’ll hear people talk about “May Day” today, but every time I hear that, I think of “mayday,” the call of distress, because our nation is being invaded by people who don’t bother to obey the law.