Over 100 pro-amnesty supporters were arrested in front of the White House today in what was largely seen as a staged gesture designed to call attention to President Obama’s inaction on the immigration crisis.
“More than 100 faith leaders and immigration activists participated in a demonstration and were arrested at the White House on Thursday to protest the daily deportations of undocumented immigrations,” reports the Huffington Post.
Despite the First Lady of Guatemala negating reports that immigrants were fleeing her country due to violence, in addition to a leaked El Paso Intelligence Center memo debunking the same myth, protesters demanded the U.S. accept the illegals as “refugees” fleeing turmoil and violence and called for an immediate halt to deportations.
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“We have come to Washington, DC to tell to President Obama and Congress that kicking out suffering immigrant families and unaccompanied children is not the answer. Immediately stopping the deportations and extending due process to children escaping the violence of drug cartels, gangs and poverty is the just way to respond,” one United Methodist Church Bishop stated at the rally.
Protesters wrongly believe that deportations have suddenly increased on the Obama administration’s watch, even though a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement report shows that the number of deportations have continued to drop since Obama took office.
“We are gathered here to make our voices heard,” Rev. John McCollough said, according to ABC News. “We are here to pray for this president, our President Obama, to ask him to lose the bonds of injustice and let the oppressed go free. Si se puede!”
Predictably, protesters made no distinctions between illegal aliens fleeing Central America genuinely in search of a better life, and the numerous gang members shown to be infiltrating the U.S. to cause trouble or recruit others.
Last week, we highlighted an instance in which six illegal alien gang members aged 16 to 22, killed a homeless man in Maryland after merely arguing with one of them.
Earlier this week, border agents in Arizona also detailed how immigrant gang members housed in detention facilities have also been recruiting from within shelters. Gangs like the notorious, multi-national MS-13, have been “..known to heavily recruit school aged members between 10 years of age and up,” a University of Maryland report on gangs states.
The demonstration today follows protests on Monday, where illegal aliens were among a crowd of demonstrators protesting outside the White House with little fear of being arrested, detained or deported. An ICE agent indicated to Fox News they were basically under orders not to intervene “Unless the individuals meet ICE’s enforcement priorities, it’s unlikely that the agency would get involved in the case.”
With an ebola outbreak threatening to reach pandemic-sized proportions, those concerned with illegal immigration also fear that many of the immigrants, some of who are emigrating from places other than Central America, could also be harboring communicable diseases, which will adversely affect the health of the nation.
Then there are fears that local economies, and indeed the entire United States infrastructure, could become paralyzed after an unprecedented amount of unskilled, uneducated workers floods the system, creating an economic burden not unlike the welfare system collapse scenario envisioned by sociologists Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven.
Infowars was first to report that church groups in South Texas were aiding the illegal immigrant influx by providing incentives like climate-controlled shelters, clothes, food and mobile lavatories for immigrants – a large chunk paid for by local taxpayers.