On Tuesday, protesters opposed to the influx of migrants arriving at the US border stopped three buses full of families and children headed towards a Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta, California.
Refusing to leave the road and let the buses pass, the protesters shouted, “Nobody wants you. You’re not welcome. Go home” to those on the buses.
Others called out, “Turn around and go back,” and “Vamanos. You’re in contempt of Congress…. criminals. Go home. We have no money for you.”
They also carried signs reading, “Save our children from diseases” and one ill-spelled sign reading, “US citiens (sic) don’t get free pass Y should ileagals.”
The detainees — many of them women and children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America — were headed to Murrieta for processing and supervised release pending an immigration hearing.
Advocates for the detainees claim that despite the large amount of misinformation out there, the children and families on the bus should be considered refugees, not criminals. They also point out that there is little reason to fear the detainees will spread ‘third world diseases’ since they will be medically screened by Border Patrol prior to their supervised release.
The protesters however, made it clear that no matter what goes on at the screening center, they don’t think the migrants should be allowed in the country at all.
“I wanted to say that I as an American citizen do not approve of this human disaster that the government has created,” protester Roger Cotton said, waving an American flag. “Who’s going to pay for them? What kind of criminality will happen?”
Lupilla Rivera, a well-known musician and U.S. citizen, though, said that while the protesters have a right to their political opinion they do not have the right to hurl insults at kids.
“It doesn’t matter where a child is from,” he said. “He deserves respect and help because he’s a child.”
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