It truly seemed like we're living in a world dictated to us by Lilliputian bureaucrats when a group of World War II veterans were threatened with arrest for having the temerity last week to visit the World War II Memorial during the government shutdown.
Now, however, said Lilliputian bureaucrats who attempted to block America's octogenarian war heroes last week are showing their two-faced true colors by opening the National Mall Tuesday to union bosses holding an immigrant rights rally.
Several immigrant groups, as well as the AFL-CIO and SEIU will be hosting Camino Americano: March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on Tuesday--merely a week after the National Parks Service initially refused to allow World War II veterans' visit to the World War Memorial.
Although the NPS retroactively gave the vets access to the memorial, it wasn't until after vets and several members of Congress pushed the barricades aside under the watchful gaze of the National Park Police.
Now, via the Washington Examiner:
A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.
Organizers for the "Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform" were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday
Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group's rights granted by the First Amendment. [Emphasis added.]
It is sadly ironic that the National Parks Service would open the National Mall for union bosses pushing immigration reform to give those in the U.S. illegally constitutional rights but wouldn't open the World War II Memorial for those who fought fascism to guarantee those rights for Americans.
According to the Examiner, roughly 30 members of Congress will be attending the unions' immigration rally, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as well as other Democrats.
Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Menendez were
missing in action apparently too busy last week when the World War II vets were fighting for their First Amendment Right to visit the Memorial.
Update: It appears that World War II veterans from Ohio are planning to storm the barricades later this week. It will be interesting to see if the NPS will have as open arms for these vets as it does for the union bosses and immigrants.
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