In Murrieta, California — where anti-immigrant protesters had once successfully turned away three buses of undocumented immigrants which the Border Patrol was bringing to its facility in the city for processing — the haters were once more assembled on Friday afternoon in response to a rumor that more buses were on the way.
This time the police and Border Patrol were prepared, confining the protesters to one approach to the facility and separating them from the counter-protesters who gathered to confront them, placing the anti-immigrant group on one side of the street and the immigration supporters on the other side.
Many of the protesters are not even aware of the conditions which have driven so many in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to risk paying the drug cartels to smuggle their children into the U.S. insisting on casting them as just more economic refugees here to steal more jobs and put a greater strain on the social safety nets.
The protesters have been categorized as racist or xenophobic by many, a charge they vehemently deny, insisting that their only concern is that the government uphold the law and close down the borders.
“The people that are coming in, they’re not from Mexico,” Anita Radosevic told Reuters. “We’re more than willing to help our illegals from Mexico. They’re more like Americans. They come here and they work hard.”
Sadly, no one thought to ask Radosevic how she would feel if someone else thought that we should welcome Serbs into the country because “they come here and work hard” while excluding Croatians because “they are not like Americans.”
Most don’t even know that the law is being upheld: The reason these children are treated differently is because the law requires it. Specifically, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which was signed by GOP President George W. Bush in December, 2008.
Joey Johnson, who drove from San Francisco to participate in the counter-protest, said:
“This is horrendous, what this government has done to all of Central America, economically dominating it for decades, causing the conditions where people have to flee their homelands.“
The buses never did materialize and it may have been a case of misdirection by government officials who had said that they would no longer make the schedules of transfers such as this public, however, unlike the protests earlier in the week the police did make several arrests.
In all six arrests were made, five for interfering with police who were investigating a fight and one for disorderly conduct.
Watch pro-immigrant and anti-immigration groups clash in Murrieta, CA.
Here’s the report on the confrontation from CBS Evening News.
h/t: Huffington Post