American conservative Christian groups have again protested the possible housing of Central American children in Vassar, Michigan, by marching through the town — some of them with AR-15 and handguns — according to the Detroit News.
The Detroit News reports that about 50 protestors lead by the group Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement, carried Gadsden flags as they marched from the city hall to a social services facility that may house the children. The protest follows another protest that took place last week, but was larger in scope.
The Huffington Post reports:
Thousands of Central American children have illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to flee violence in their home countries, overwhelming ill-equipped border facilities where they would normally be held. The influx has prompted the Obama administration to request billions of dollars in additional funds from Congress to address what members of both parties have called a “humanitarian crisis.”
The Wolverine Human Services center in Vassar is under consideration to house up to 120 of the children for four weeks at a time, where they would receive federally funded medical care and basic education until they could go through crowded immigration courts.
Many of the protestors are not residents of Vassar, and likely come from the surrounding regions — Millington, Caro, and others.
Organizer Tamyra Murry told MLive that “We’re not against the kids. We have sympathy for the kids being used and exploited by the feds.”
Sending them back home to be killed in gang warfare is not “sympathy.” Accusing the Feds of “exploitation” because they’re trying to find better conditions to house them in is mindless and stupid.
Speaking of mindless and stupid, some of the signs that they held in protest read:
“Go Home. We’re full,” read one sign.
“No gang members. No terrorists,” read another.
Most demonstrators were from other towns, belonging to pro-gun and anti-illegal-immigration groups.
“We the people are standing up and saying we will not allow illegal immigration,” said Matt Krol, a Linden building contractor.
Linden is located a full county away from Vassar, but distance is no object when it comes to mindless fear and bigotry.
h/t Huffington Post