Government officials told a CBS affiliate they will not tolerate civil disobedience at a school in Grand Prairie when illegal immigrants arrive there later this month.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins went door-to-door in the neighborhood surrounding the Lamar Alternative Education Center and told residents police plan an extensive presence to discourage protests.
Residents told CBS 11 News they are disturbed by the prospect of protests like the one at the Murrieta Border Patrol station in California.
“I live right here so I don’t want to look out the back window and see people protesting everyday,” said Nathan Smith, who lives adjacent to the school.
Jenkins reassured residents the city will not tolerate a similar situation to the one in California where demonstrators blocked Homeland Security buses and demanded the federal government secure the border.
“As long as they make their statement in keeping with the law,” Jenkins said. “This is America and everybody is entitled to an opinion. If they break the law or impede the care of these children, then we’ll enforce the law.”
On Sunday, Texas Governor Rick Perry told ABC News the influx of children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is part of an “ulterior motive” by the Obama administration.
“I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from,” Perry said.
Perry had earlier told Fox News that the Obama administration might be “in on this somehow” and is facilitating the border crossing of illegal immigrants.