There is a lot to be said about keeping a low profile. Trust me, I know.
There are times when it is safe to be all out there, stirring the pot and watching the results.
Then there are times to keep you eyes down and move along quietly.
If you are in the country illegally, and you are in Arizona, this is one of those times.
You don’t, under any circumstances, grab the spotlight with both hands and shine it directly on yourself.
Being young, Iranian Mohammad Abdollahi, probably doesn’t have the experience to know the difference, which is why, as an illegal immigrant, he dressing in his graduation cap and gown and staged a sit in in Sen. John McCain’s office in Tucson.
The students, who were allowed to peacefully protest inside the McCain offices all day, were ultimately arrested by local police for criminal trespassing and later transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Officials released the trio from detention late Tuesday and initiated deportation proceedings for the weeks ahead.
Again, he really should have seen this coming.
So what’s his beef?
“It’s not only Sen. McCain we’re looking for and holding accountable, there’s senators all across the country we’re holding accountable,” Abdollahi said. “We’re telling them you’ve been asking for a long time for somebody to step up and take leadership on this — none of you have been willing to do so — so as non-citizens, we’ve taken that lead.”
“McCain was supportive of the Dream Act in the past… we saw him as a champion in some ways, and we hope that comes back,” said Abdollahi.
He wants the government to pass legislation allowing illegal immigrants who were brought here as children to have a pathway to citizenship.
Actually, I’m cool with that. There needs to be a program for kids who were brought here before they had any say in the matter.
But in due time. First things first.
Secure the border. Then we’ll talk.