- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The deep-thinking students of Herndon and Sterling walked out of their high schools yesterday to show solidarity with the misunderstood illegal aliens in their midst.

Their tiny protest was designed to appeal to the humanity of the Capitol Hill gasbags who are seeking to pass legislation that addresses the immigration mess, if a thinly veiled plan of amnesty addresses the nation’s sieve of a border with Mexico.

Supporters of illegal aliens are promising to add to the mess, with a national call to boycott work, school and shopping places May 1.

This promises to be something of an Illegal Alien Pride Day, and we can all rejoice in it, if not join hands and belt out, “We are the World.” A small number of high school students from Herndon, Park View and Dominion high schools acted ahead of the curve, perhaps because spring is in the air and the school system was unable to use its requisite number of snow days this winter. It was a good day to leave school grounds and show your capacity to feel the pain of illegal aliens.

That requires a level of sophistication that somehow ignores the definition of illegal, a compelling leap that does not seem to stop all too many.

The sign-waving students of the distant suburbs may not be as slick as the urbanites, but they know which way the political winds are blowing. Only a hard-liner in the image of Pat Robertson would have the cold heart to send back one or two illegal aliens out of the 10 million to 12 million that call U.S. sovereignty a joke.

The students undoubtedly were sorry that they had but one school day to give to illegal aliens. But who knows? There are lots of school days left before May 1. The least the students could do is sponsor an Illegal Alien Awareness Week. Or a Be Kind to Your Gardener, Painter and Maid Week.

Students have a right to free speech, but not necessarily on the taxpayers’ dime.

They possibly missed the history teacher’s screed on the awful dead white men who wrote the Constitution.

At least one student was heard to say: “The laws are nuts. Look who is running the country.” That would be Halliburton, no doubt.

The students of western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun are able to recite the talking points as easily as the next conspiracy theorist.

One educator said the nub of the protest is the U.S. government plan to impose a $2,000 fine on the illegal aliens, as if an illegal alien is liable to follow a law that hurts the purse strings.

The walkout poses a dilemma to the mostly leftist educators. They embrace the cause of illegal aliens but not on their time. A suspension is said to be the punishment before the protesters, which is an awfully right-wing reaction.

A rule is a rule, not unlike a law being a law, unless, of course, you are an illegal alien.

In a more fair world, the educators would grant the protesters an amnesty of sorts by having them write 2,000 times on a chalkboard, “I will not walk out again.” That is where we are as a people, amigos and gringos alike.

Some of our best laborers are illegal aliens, which is condescending, if you consider the phrase’s origins.

Americans are mostly too smart to work on construction sites and in restaurants, which really does not say much for all the house husbands pushing baby strollers in parts of the city. Not that there is anything wrong with being a kept husband.

In this upside-down world, the high school students of Herndon, Park View and Dominion have joined the fun that is leading nowhere.

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