In yet another demonstration of the Right’s desire for law and order a group of “patriots” have gathered outside of Oracle, Arizona to block the roads in an effort to stop a bus bringing 40 undocumented immigrants from Central America to a boy’s ranch that has agreed to temporarily house them while they await deportation hearings.
Other counter protesters have assembled nearby to welcome the children and show them that not all Americans are going to greet them with hostility. The Arizona State Militia has been deployed to the area to keep a lid on things and to make sure that there is no violence.
Keaton Thomas, a reporter for KGUN-TV told CNN that he had spoken to several of the protesters, one of whom told him:
“I’m protesting the invasion of the United States by people from foreign countries. This is about the sovereignty of our nation.”
When asked if the protesters might frighten the children, the man said that after having crossed Mexico he did not believe anything could frighten these children.
The protesters were tipped off last week by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu who had been alerted to the imminent arrival of the children by federal authorities. Immediately upon learning that Sycamore Canyon Academy would host the children temporarily Babeu released the information to the public via social media, press releases and “leaks” to media.
When asked why he had made the information public Babeu said:
“All this was done in secrecy, and that’s where a lot of people are upset. My concern [is] where’s the federal government? Why are they not here? Why did they not hold a town hall to answer some of these questions?”
Of course the Sheriff and the protesters he has incited are not interested in hearing the answer — the law forbids the government from releasing this information to the public. The wisdom of that provision is clearly demonstrated by the people who showed up with signs saying “Go home non-Yankees” and “Return to Sender.”
No immigrants showed up on Tuesday, and the Department of Health and Human Services told Representative Raul Grijalva, a Democrat who represents southern Arizona, that they would not be arriving on Tuesday but declined to say when they might arrive citing privacy and safety concerns.
The protesters did block and terrorize a bus loaded with children for a short time before discovering that it was a school bus carrying children from the YMCA.
Watch a report from CNN and KGUN below.