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From Miami to Minnesota, protests call attention to immigration crisis

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ACROS THE COUNTRY: Demonstrators for the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Border Surge, showcase American Flags and signs Saturday on the Main Street bridge at Interstate 15 in Hesperia, Calif.

 

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

Along East Seventh Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., more signs are in Spanish than English, advertising everything from used cars to groceries.

That backdrop certainly made Larry Dalin’s sign stand out.

Holding a sign that read “In Mexico, illegals are jailed,” Dalin was a lone sentry outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday afternoon, part of a national protest against illegal immigration and the Obama administration’s response to the on-going crisis at the nation’s southern border.

Though he may have been alone at the protest, Dalin’s frustration is embodied by many Americans.  He’s 58, unemployed for more than a year and facing bleak job prospects after a career in manufacturing. His frustration boiled over after hearing stories of undocumented and unaccompanied children being allowed into the country during the past several weeks.


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ALL BY HIMSELF: Larry Davin took a stand Friday outside the Mexican consulate in St. Paul, Minn.

Even though he was stationed outside the Mexican Consulate, Dalin’s frustration was directed at the American government.

“The whole thing has been created by the (Obama) administration,” he said. “In Mexico, it’s illegal to be an illegal … but in the United States, they give them a new car and a cell phone. Or at least a drivers’ license.”

Dalin didn’t know it, but in the largely immigrant community in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, he would have found dozens of people who agreed with his point of view.

With bright yellow Gadsden flags waving in the bright Florida sun behind him, James Schafer told Watchdog.org the sudden influx of immigrants was bad news for the country’s future.

“The law is not being enforced, and it’s putting too much of a strain on the resources of the country,” he said. “It’s going to break the United States.”

This weekend’s protests were organized by Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a political action committee that supports candidates who fight to limit illegal immigration. After organizing more than 300 protests during the weekend, the group said on Monday it would plan more protests in states with primary elections in the coming months.

It is clear that the surge of illegal immigrants on our borders coming for the immigration reform amnesty promised by Obama and some Republicans has brought a great change in public views on this issue,” said William Gheen, president of ALIPAC.

As Watchdog.org has reported, those children are being sent to facilities around the country as immigration officials can no longer handle the numbers crossing the border.

Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to care for the thousands of people — primarily teen males — who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The money also would be used to hire additional judges and lawyers to help expedite the process of sending undocumented immigrants back to their home countries.

About 52,000 unaccompanied children have been caught at the border since October, double the number from the prior year.

Republicans in Washington, D.C., largely blame a 2008 human trafficking law for the influx. That law allows minors entering the country from Central America to request asylum hearings. Most of the immigrants have been from Guatemala and El Salvador.

Nebraska and Virginia are among the states far from the southern border in which those undocumented immigrants have been placed as they await deportation hearings. Hundreds may be sent to Wisconsin.

“Don’t come into this country and expect the rest of us to lift you up and support you,” Joanne Gulliksen said at the protest in Miami.

Boehm can be reached at EBoehm@Watchdog.org and follow @WatchdogOrg on Twitter for more.

Marianela Toledo and Johnny Kampis contributed to this article.

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Eric is a reporter for Watchdog.org and former bureau chief for Pennsylvania Independent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys great weather and low taxes while writing about state governments, pensions, labor issues and economic/civil liberty. Previously, he worked for more than three years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covering Pennsylvania state politics and occasionally sneaking across the border to Delaware to buy six-packs of beer. He has also lived (in order of desirability) in Brussels, Belgium, Pennsburg, Pa., Fairfield, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and elsewhere. He received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 2009, but he refuses to hang on his wall until his student loans are fully paid off sometime in the mid-2020s. When he steps away from the computer, he enjoys drinking craft beers in classy bars, cheering for an eclectic mix of favorite sports teams (mostly based in Philadelphia) and traveling to new places.

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