Ugly Americans Block Migrant Buses in Murrieta on Eve of 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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Murrietta Little RockEditor: On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic Civil Rights Act, ugly Americans showed the world just how far this nation still needs to go up in Murrietta in Riverside County, yesterday, July 1.

By Doug Porter

A group of right-wing demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday, July 1, turning away three Border Patrol buses bringing 136 Central American migrant children and families to a Murrieta, California processing center.

So much for the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, which begins:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

What the nation saw in Southern California yesterday (and last week in Escondido) was nothing short of racism and ignorance covered with a varnish of false patriotism. Right wing extremists have been sowing the seeds for this kind of confrontation for weeks now, stoking fears of disease, crime and economic ruin.

Today we’ll delve into the details of this sad moment in US history.

Here’s how the story was reported in The Hill, a publication aimed at Washington DC’s lawmakers:

More than 100 protesters waived American flags and chanted “USA!” “Impeach Obama!” and “Deport, Deport!” as they waited for the buses to arrive at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Murrieta, nearly an hour away from San Diego.

Federal authorities tried to steer away from the entrance, according to USA TODAY, but the crowd blocked the street and forced the buses to reroute to a San Diego border facility.

The standoff comes after Mayor Alan Long of Murrieta, Calif., urged residents to fight against a plan to make the community a processing site for the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the country illegally.

Dara Lind at Vox.com described the mood:

This is some extremely ugly behavior: protesters are yelling “Go home!” at a bus full of children, and physically preventing detainees from going to the place they’re supposed to go and forcing the government to send them somewhere else.

Frankly, it’s a kind of personal, in-your-face nativism that wasn’t actually seen during the most recent debate over immigration reform in Congress. And it’s not that these residents are misinformed about who was coming on those buses: at a town hall last night, the mayor told residents, “What we’ve been told is that most of these immigrants are families. These are mothers and young children, or fathers and young children.” That didn’t mollify residents last night, and it didn’t stop protesters from coming out today.

How Ugly Was It?

Here’s a Tweet from a reporter for KESQ in Palm Springs:

The Counter-Demonstration

Some people felt motivated to take a stand against the flag waving fools in Murrieta. Here’s one account from Raw Story:

A smaller group of protesters at the Murrieta facility, however, held up signs saying “Americans are immigrants” in support of the group of Central Americans, with some engaging in arguments with the anti-immigrant group.

“If these were Canadian children, we would not be having this interview right now, and that’s a fact,” said Enrique Morones, whose advocacy group, Border Angels, had prepared packages containing donated food and toiletries for the immigrants.

The Los Angeles Times also covered this aspect of the story, interviewing Temecula resident Lupillo Rivera:

A well-known Mexican banda singer who came to the United States at age 4, Rivera said he was driving by when he happened upon the protest at the Border Patrol station. He said somebody shouted that he was an illegal immigrant and should go home. Rivera, who is a U.S. citizen, went home and returned with several of his friends and bandmates to confront the protesters.

“Our people cook your food,” he shouted at them. “We didn’t ask for them to come here,” one protester shot back. Rivera, brother of the late Mexican singer Jenni Rivera, said anybody who would turn away a busload of children was “not human.” “It doesn’t matter where a child is from,” he said. “He deserves respect and help because he’s a child.

Lupillo Rivera

Lupillo Rivera via Facebook

Some Demonstrators Are More Equal Than Others

The nativist demonstrators actually blocked the highway leading into the Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta. Last I heard that’s an arrest-able offense. I’m just about 100% certain that if this had been, for instance, an Occupy demonstration, the protesters would have been lucky to just get away with being arrested. It’s more likely they would have been pepper-sprayed and a few heads would have been bashed in on the way to the jail house.

The difference in this situation is the involvement of law enforcement personnel with the right wing groups. Specifically I’m talking about members of the union representing the Border Patrol agents. They are the source for much of the misinformation being circulated among right-wing groups.

national border patrol councilHere’s a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch newsletter:

Shawn Moran is the Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), which represents more than 17,000 border patrol agents and support staff. Last week, he appeared on the Pete Santilli Show, whose host is organizing a protest to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border on July 5th and who previously called for President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Bush family to be shot and killed.

The NBPC has a conservative stance on immigration, so it’s no surprise that Moran’s name appears regularly in right-wing outlets. But he crossed the line by lending credibility to an extremist like Pete Santilli who wants to shut down the very thing – the border – that he and the people he represents are sworn to protect.

The Right Wing Campaign

The current surge in right-wing propaganda has its origins in photographs made possible by Border Patrol personnel. For the right wingers involved, the border crisis is an opportunity to kill any possibility that moderate Republicans will introduce any reform bill with legalization and to attack Obama’s executive actions in the area of immigration.

Photojournalist David Bacon, writing at CounterPunch.org, explains how this came about:

The story began with a series of photographs, showing young people and children in detention centers all along the U.S./Mexico border. These photos were published on a website, breitbart.com, which has a long history with the Tea Party and extreme right wing causes….

….Any photographer who has taken photographs in a prison, jail or detention center knows that it is difficult, and often impossible, to show the face of an inmate or detainee. Yet these photographs are taken by people with completely free access to show not only faces, but also the entire context of the places in which the children are being held. There is only one group of people who have such unrestricted access: the Border Patrol itself, and the guards who work for private detention corporations like Geo and CCA.

The article brags about being leaked the photos: “Breitbart Texas obtained internal federal government photos depicting the conditions of foreign children warehoused by authorities on U.S. soil on Wednesday night.”

Extremist ‘Balance’ in the Mass Media

Lest you think this campaign is relegated to right wing echo chambers, extremists are using this opportunity to get their messages over the mainstream media.

Here’s a City News Service report, used on media throughout the region. Part of it was included in KPBS and KUSI stories aired recently.

Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform told City News Service there is no way of knowing “with certainty” the histories of those being brought to the area. Mehlman said some of the “children” who have been showing up and surrendering to federal agents along the border look older than they claim and have been identified as affiliates of criminal syndicates such as the notorious MS-13.

“Before the Obama administration put a gag order on the Border Patrol, agents were saying they recognized some of these so-called `kids’ as gang members,” Mehlman said. “The agents were forced to take them anyway. The last thing any community wants is more gang members running around.”

Ira Mehlman is not your average conservative activist. Nor is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) anywhere close to a sane political group.

From RightWingWatch:

In an interview with Janet Mefferd yesterday, Federation for American Immigration (FAIR) spokesman Ira Mehlman, suggested that DREAMers should be forced to “go home” with their families and called Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor a “demagogue” for using the term “undocumented immigrant” rather than “illegal alien.”

The extremism of this group has been the subject of reports by the Anti-Defamation League. As the Southern Poverty Law Center documented back in 2007, FAIR is part of a decades old nativist network that includes NumbersUSA, and Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) :

The vast majority of these groups were founded or funded by John Tanton, a major architect of the contemporary nativist movement who, 20 years ago, was already warning of a destructive “Latin onslaught” heading to the United States. Most of these organizations used their vast resources in the days leading up to a vote on the bill to stir up a nativist backlash that ultimately resulted in its death.

At the center of the Tanton web is the nonprofit Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the most important organization fueling the backlash against immigration. Founded by Tanton in 1979, FAIR has long been marked by anti-Latino and anti-Catholic attitudes. It has mixed this bigotry with a fondness for eugenics, the idea of breeding better humans discredited by its Nazi associations. It has accepted $1.2 million from an infamous, racist eugenics foundation. It has employed officials in key positions who are also members of white supremacist groups. Recently, it has promoted racist conspiracy theories about Mexico’s secret designs on the American Southwest and an alternative theory alleging secret plans to merge the United States, Mexico and Canada. Just last February, a senior FAIR official sought “advice” from the leaders of a racist Belgian political party.

NBC7 News gave “conservative activist” Rhonda Deniston (North County Regional Director of Stop Taxing Us) a shot at adding to their coverage:

rhonda logoBut conservative activist and blogger Rhonda Deniston is concerned the influx of undocumented children could impact public health and strain border patrol.

“We’re putting huge burdens on our Border Patrol, where they cannot effectively secure our borders because they’re dealing with this crisis,” Deniston said.

rhonda logo jpg

Deniston’s blog is busy spreading fear about diseases carried by the migrants, with a link to this story prominently displayed:

Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more. I have been working on medical projects in Central and South America since 2009, so I am aware of problems these countries face from such diseases.

A public health crisis, the likes of which I have not seen in my lifetime, is looming. Hardest hit by exposures to these difficult-to-treat diseases will be elderly, children, immunosuppressed cancer-patients, patients with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is the most serious risk, but even diseases like measles can cause severe complications and death in older or immunocompromised patients.

I won’t bother sharing the link she tweeted yesterday to her 117 followers leading to a story about how Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting close to finding out who is behind forging the President’s birth certificate. Suffice it to say, she’s a whack-a-doodle. Ya gotta love that “balanced” reporting.

The Root Causes of the Crisis

What’s happening at our southern border is not an immigration crisis. It’s a refugee crisis. It’s not just me saying this–the United Nations 2012 Women’s Refugee Commission report says so. Colorlines.com has a great article about the three primary myths of the unaccompanied minors crisis, those myths being:

  • The current refugee crisis is a creation of President Obama’s making.
  • Telling parents in Central America to stop sending their children, and quickly deporting the ones who are here, will fix the problem.
  • This is an immigration problem.

Journalist Laura Carsen has a story posted at America’s Program entitled “Child Migrants and Media Half-Truths” that speaks to media’s inability to explain the motivations behind those trying to cross our borders from Central America.

Vox.com has an explainer posted about just how bad the street violence in Central America really is. A quote:

Children are uniquely vulnerable to gang violence. The street gangs known as “maras” — M-18 and Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 — target kids for forced recruitment, usually in their early teenage years, but sometimes as young as kindergarten. They also forcibly recruit girls as “girlfriends,” a euphemistic term for a non-consensual relationship that involves rape by one or more gang members.

If children defy the gang’s authority by refusing its demands, the punishment is harsh: rape, kidnapping, and murder are common forms of retaliation. Even attending school can be tremendously dangerous, because gangs often target schools as recruitment sites and children may have to pass through different gangs’ territories, or ride on gang-controlled buses, during their daily commutes.

Oh, and one final thing. Today marks the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson signing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The above is an excerpt from Doug Porter’s column at our sister online media partner San Diego Free Press.

 

avatar Business Hippie July 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Doug, why are you using the term migrants in your article title? Should be illegal aliens/immigrants since migrants go home eventually.

avatar Frank Gormlie July 2, 2014 at 12:48 pm

What type of business ya in, so-called ‘business hippie’? Any real hippie believes in peace, love, tolerance and compassion for their fellow humans – especially children.

The term “illegal alien” does not apply to humans as there is not such thing as an “illegal human”.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

He’s no relation to me, and shouldn’t be allowed to use that word.

avatar Business Hippie July 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

So called? Man, I’m a business hippie. I understand the concept of supply and demand. And as such we have enough illegals in in this country and can’t afford the ones we have let alone 60K + more per month flooding our southern border. As far as compassion goes I think it would be more compassionate to send them home to their families where they can be the future doctors and lawyers of their own country.

@aginghippie
Shouldn’t be able to use the word hippie? Where’s your tolerance and compassion for my chosen identity?

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

No human being is ever “illegal”. Any real hippie knows that. Charlie Daniels and Ted Nugent got long hair, but that doesn’t make them hippies, it makes them rednecks with long hair.

More workers to spread the cost of the increasing number of retired people on social security and medicare = good idea.

avatar Business Hippie July 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

They are when they cross an international boarder without any legal standing. What’s with the derogatory redneck remark? Tolerance bro. And how could they have red necks with their hippie-like long hair?

Hate to break it to you but illegals rarely pay income taxes or any other taxes you see on a paystub. They actually take more than the little (but, but they pay gas taxes) they contribute. Considering the US has the lowest labor participation rate since the 70’s (when you were probably Young Hippie) how could you be for more illegal immigration? Do you have any compassion for our own low skilled citizens (many of which are minorities) that have to compete for jobs against people that shouldnt be here in the fist place?

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

You didn’t hear me. They’re not Mexican. They’re from a war zone. They’re refugees. We should grant them asylum.

Long hair doesn’t make haters not haters anymore.

Our citizens aren’t competing with migrant workers from Mexico, the migrant workers don’t have social security cards so they can’t get those jobs, they can only work in agriculture.

avatar Business Hippie July 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I didnt say they were mexican. Central america is a war zone? Are you like Mitt Romney and stuck in the 80s? Come on now. These peeeps should solve their own issues instead of exporting them here with the help of their own media .

Not competing? Dude have you been around any construction site in the past 25 years? Oh, some illegals do have social security cards and driver licenses but unfortunately they belong to someone else. Identity theft isnt a victimless crime. Hope it never happens to you.

@richard
Thanks for the compliment. I went by Dick in college you know.

@jettyboy
I guess a majority of the nation are just mean ol racists. Saw a poll out that says 6 in 10 favor sending these illegals back to where they came. BTW, im half mexican. Please call me a racist.

avatar SaneVoice July 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

So because you’re half-Mexican, you can’t be racist ?

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Here’s a real hippie, for comparison.

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/07/02-1

avatar cat July 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Mr. Porter, Your use of the 1957 photo as a “comparison” to the Murrieta photo is absurd. Always when you have nothing else you always go back to RACE.. Shame on you. These children should be sent back directly…. The illegal aliens we already have in this state have been the problem for years. We don’t even know who is in our own country. Yes, america is a land of immigrants… LEGAL immigrants. They came through Ellis Island.. again LEGALLY… My grandmother was one of them. Her SISTER was sent back because she was sick.
I suppose you are going to take 1/2 dozen of these kids and raise them yourself ??
I grew up in the sixties just like you and I as well was a “hippie” but then I got out in the real world… Still believe in freedom for all and the right to do as you please but there is a limit to how much us WORKING people can support the people that don’t work. This is going to be a mess and those kids should have been sent back. We have kids here that don’t have enough to eat. I give to them and will continue to do so. As bad as I feel for the little ones we are not the babysitters of the world.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 2:14 pm

These are children from countries that rate #1, #5, and #9 in murders per capita globally. They are not Mexican, they’re Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran. They’re asylum seekers from a war zone.

When do you expect them to start work? At age 9?

OK, now that you have the facts, go back and reconsider you’re harsh attitude, see if maybe you have a tiny bit more empathy than that.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Er, your, not you’re.

avatar doug porter July 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

While I’m sure this doesn’t apply to you personally (LOL), 99% of the people I’ve met over my 64 years who use the terms you prefer were racists. So I don’t want to encourage them.

avatar Business Hippie July 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Half of my people came to this country legally. Its not racist to suggest others do the same. We are a nation of laws right? Check your privilege Doug. (LOL)

avatar doug porter July 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

You asked a question, I answered it. End of story.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 5:02 pm

How did the other half get here?

BTW, hippie is a philosophy, not a hairstyle, and you definitely don’t qualify.

avatar Business Hippie July 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

On a ship when this country was a british colony.

Hairstyle? I have no idea what you mean. It’s funny how you act like an uber hippie while your behavior towards others on this blog resembles some flavor of establishment fascism. Youre real quick to tell people what theyre not. Not very hippie of you holmes. Check your privilege.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

So basically, your people came here with no papers or permission, not knowing the language, and infected the locals with all sorts of deadly diseases and refused to learn their language or adopt their culture? That’s ok, my ancestors did the same. The difference is that I’m not willing to send thousands of children back to hell because I think I’m better than they are.

And stop saying “check your privilege”. You sound more hipster than hippie.

avatar richard July 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

it takes a ‘Richard’ to know a ‘Dick’ and you sir, Business Hippie are a ‘Dick’.

avatar Pre-Menopausal Hippiel July 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I am afraid that Cat is right. It is time to pull your heads out of the (non-marshmallow) sand, Frank & Doug. It is u nderstood that peace, love & respect for your fellow man is all good and proper but we need to get real here. Our country is already brimming full of illegals & we are welcoming more in that sneak through Texas? Obama is cooperating in this invasion because he knows that these “migrants” will be the future of the Democratic party–a huge Hispanic voting bloc that will forever vote Democrat because they were let is so graciously at the back door. I am brimming with compassion for the needy, just like Cat, and volunteer and donate to all kinds of good causes & charities, lest anyone accuse me of being hard-hearted. Wake up Frank & Doug–the country is going to hell in a hand basket while you two guys stand around and wring your hippie hands.

avatar SaneVoice July 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

Yeah, you brim with compassion for the needy. As long as you don’t have to see them and you can go back to your TV, feet propped up on the couch. A hippie in title only, you don’t preach the lifestyle.

avatar cat July 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

So, Mr. Aging Hippie, Excuse me, but I know where they are from… don’t be so condescending. My attitude is not harsh it’s practical. We send billions of dollars to these countries but we give it to their corrupt leaders. (don’t know a good solution to that but what we have been doing is not working–Hello) I know how you feel, I also, when I was young, thought we could save the world but the world has to help themselves as well. Our leaders are so afraid to do something politically incorrect that they have gotten us into impossible situations and us tax payers have to continue to bail them out. Well, we are WAY in debt now and I think it’s time to stop. We won’t be any good to anybody if we don’t first take care of our own people and our country.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

These are children. We don’t send billions of dollars to these countries, we spend billions there making it worse spraying paraquat all over the place, but we don’t help. I’m not that young anymore, but I still think we can be better than the people that forced these children to flee for their lives.

We’re way in debt because of all this endless war, and because we don’t make the rich pay their fair share, and because we spend a lot of money enforcing laws against “sins” that don’t actually hurt anybody.

avatar cat July 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

These are not ALL children # 1 — and #2 we still can’t afford it… I see you are talking about pot. How did you get to that ?? Think clearly… Why “now” for all these kids… Why is our government sending them ALL over the country ?? We have immigration laws (even though in the last 15 – 20 years you would never know it) –Enforce them.
The state of california is BROKE – our country is BROKE… Our government has lost it’s mind… Reps. & Dems. — NONE of them are doing what they are supposed to do. They are making a mess of everything. This is an insult to all immigrants who came here “legally” and are trying to make a living. I am and aging hippie who has grown up and realized that we can’t save the world without their help.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

We’re not broke, we just aren’t making the rich pay their fair share. And where did I talk about pot?

The reason why “now” is because the US-backed regimes in those countries have made things horrific enough for these children to flee.

The government is making a mess, mainly because of Republicans but also because of “blue dogs” and other DINO’s.

avatar cat July 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Well, how do you figure we are not broke ?? Have you taken a look at the national debt lately ??? You just made my point that we are giving money to these corrupt leaders (regimes) same thing. Again don’t know the solution to that but our leaders, ALL of them – Not one worth a hill of beans… I see you didn’t include the Dems in your statement. Wake up it’s ALL of them.. They are supposed to be taking care of us. That’s what we pay them for. Sure I like helping out the world and we have (we are the only country that ever helps) but we are BROKE now.. So pretty soon we will not even be able to help ourselves.

Oh, & the pot … Well they used paraquat in the 70’s to spray the pot plants in mexico and then your mention about enforcing crimes that don’t hurt anyone — thought you were talking about pot…..

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Obama has reduced the debt significantly. Most people don’t seem to know that.

We never help. We go around the world stealing oil and precious metals, attacking funerals and wedding parties with drones, aiding and abetting governments that violate the Geneva conventions, and forcing other nations to privatize their water and other industries. We do not help.

Marijuana is one area where we waste money. There are many others.

Republicans are far, far worse than Democrats. Democrats are only wrong 85% of the time, Republicans are wrong 100% of the time, and they’re murderously wrong.

avatar cat July 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

so 85% is acceptable ?? I disagree.. They allllll are a mess. They couldn’t solve a problem if their OWN life depended on it. We need them all out of office and start over with someone that has some common sense.
And the debt was somewhere around 6 trillion when bush left office (which was bad enough) and is now 17 trilllion — So, just HOW has it been reduced. That’s a laugh. It has done nothing but go up. Obama has doubled it.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm

No, they are not equal. Top priority is to get every Republican out of office, as quickly as possible. Then get rid of all the conservative corporate Democrats.

You’re right, it’s the budget deficit and the trade deficit that Obama reduced. And taxes.

We need the Green party to take over. Libertarians might be an acceptable minority party.

avatar SaneVoice July 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

cat, you know what’s broke ? Your morality. And you have also lost your mind. You were never a hippie, you just acted like one because you thought it was cool. Now you’ve going establishment and sold out. This is what America is about, not your clouded and racist vision.

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

avatar cat July 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

@ sane voice (that’s a laugh) Just who do you think your are ??? You have no idea of who or what I am or ever was or what I believe. Or even what race I am (for that matter). Funny how you all just jump on the race wagon so easily. You just don’t like my opinion. Your comments just go to show your own small & narrow minded opinion. I SAID i feel sorry for these people — they are in a horrible situation in their own country. BUT – that said – we cannot just let the rest of the world send their people over and we take care of them. We are already overrun…. I can have all the sympathy in the world for lots of people in the world. But I can not take care of them. Lately it’s hard enough to take care of myself. (Rent going up, gas going up, taxes going up, grocerys going up.) Where is the money going to come from ?

And the quote from the statute was real cute… Those that came to america LEGALLY .. were checked for illness, checked for criminal records (sent back if sick – or a criminal) etc. ( not bussed around the country) And more importantly the were IDENTIFIED… We have no idea who is in this country as it is. That’s wrong and puts us all in danger.

avatar Jettyboy July 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Why confuse the argument? Im not to polite to call them racists. If those migrants were from Canada do you think they would be protesting? They are racists plain & simple. Has nothing to with supply and demand, that’s just another smoke screen brought to you by the right-wing nut jobs.

avatar Aging Hippie July 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm

^This.

avatar boston mike July 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

what most people don’t realize is that most undocumented workers get fake ss numbers and DO pay taxes that they don’t get back. You see it all the time in the food and construction industies. And because they are afraid of deportation are able to be exploited, overworked, underpaid all while contributing taxes, social security, and medicare. Most people just have no idea what they are talking about because fox news fills heads with fear, hate and ignorance. America is a land of freedom and opportunity for people of all colors and nationalities always has been always should be.

avatar want2surf July 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

Not to forget the issue of our laws not bring applied equally. Go ahead and protest, but blocking a freeway is against the law and none of these protesters came close to having the law of the land applied to THEM as they demand it be applied to OTHERS.

avatar Bearded OBcean July 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

Not taking sides either way, but what if they were dropping off bus loads in OB every 72 hours?

avatar Frank Gormlie July 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

Ol’ bearded one – doesn’t even make sense, dude. First, there’s no Border Patrol detention center in OB. And two, well, after the first one, don’t need number 2.

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