July 19th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
2 months ago

Protestors vent anger at 'alien invasion' of U.S. in 2-day nationwide protests

Washington (CNN) – They're mad as hell and don't want to take it anymore.

Amid the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children illegally crossing into the U.S. along the southern border, some Americans are venting their anger in the streets on Friday and Saturday, calling it an "alien invasion" of the U.S. and warning of a national security and "health and safety concern."

"It is a sad state of affairs for those kids," one protester said. "But it's not our job to take care of them."

Throngs of Americans are participating in a so-called "National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty & Border Surge."  An announcement lists events in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia over the two days.

On Friday in Kansas City, Missouri, protesters held aloft signs that read: "Stop Illegal Alien Invasion" and "Strengthen our Borders."

"They need to clean our country up and get back to the original version of what our country was," one man told a KMBC reporter. Elsewhere in the city, a woman said to a KCTV reporter: "We cannot be…babysitters of the world."

In Birmingham, Alabama, protesters decried "amnesty," as one of them warned about the dangers of allowing illegal immigrants into the U.S.

"Other countries seem to be able to close their borders, but we aren't," she told a WBMA reporter. "It's a national security [problem] and it's also a health and safety concern as well."

And in Rockwall, Texas – a Dallas suburb – the woman who said it's not America's job to care for the unaccompanied minors also told the WFAA reporter: "They need to be sent back to the countries they came from."

In a written announcement, organizers claimed the protests would amount to "the largest coordinated protest against all forms of amnesty, comprehensive immigration reform, and the government's failure to enforce immigration laws and secure our borders." There is no way to confirm the size and breadth of the protests.  While some protests will likely be large gatherings, many observed rallies appeared to have only a handful of protesters.  On its Facebook page, about 4,000 said they would be "going."

All of this amid the ongoing political debate over the humanitarian crisis. Most of the close to 60,000 children who've come to the U.S. since the beginning of this year are from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.  Many have fled violence, including rape, gang activity and drug wars.  The U.S. government has undertaken highly controversial efforts to place them in holding facilities across the country.

President Barack Obama seeks to reduce a backlog of cases overwhelming the immigration system by speeding up hearings to determine who stays and who goes.  He has asked Congress for $3.7 billion - an amount Republicans have blasted as excessive - in emergency funds to help deal with the crisis.

On Friday, the White House announced that Obama will meet with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador next week to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, some focused on the plight of the children. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, said he sympathized with the nightmarish situations from which they fled and the lives they could have in the United States.

"Of any parent who would send their 7-, 8-, 10-year-old, how desperate they must be, and how dangerous it must be in terms of cartels and gang warfare, that they're sending their kids ahead to try to make a new life and try to get out of harm's way in our great country," Polis said in a Friday interview with WPTV.

When asked if he'd like to see some of the children in his district, Polis said: "I can tell you they are good kids.  They look like regular schoolkids - wanting to know what comes next, curious, excited about the adventure of it all. But at the same time you can imagine how hard it must be to be apart from your family."

Not everyone is buying that.

"Everybody's saying that they're all children. No, they're not," a woman protester told a KNXV reporter in Phoenix.

"Plus we don't know how many terrorists are coming over that border right now, either.  As a result, if we don't take action and close those borders, we are going to have many more incidents. Plus, the cost for supporting all these people."

–CNN's Tom Cohen and Matthew Hoye contributed


Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Ignorance breeds fear. One can almost taste the fear these grown adults have against the young children they
    are protesting against. Let them have their rallies and their signs and their anger. It is proof positive that
    in America - their America - biblical morality is nothing more than feel good rhetoric used to impress themselves
    and then discarded when they are actually called upon to show moral kindness to others.

    July 20, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Lizzie

    B. ...Next these same idiots will be requesting the removal of the Statue of Liberty.
    We are all from somewhere else. Now perhaps you understand the Native Americans viewpoint.
    --we did not sneak in, we came here LEGALLY,

    July 20, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. luke,az

    The alien invasion is from the regressive tea party who need to leave the United States and start their own country. The republican party has become the confederate party.

    July 20, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Gunderson

    CLUE: These border jumpers are not refugees but opportunitists.. The simple truth is if they all stay the U.S. Taxpayer is going to be left with the bill. But any of you who think you are an invader just leave. The door is open. If you are independently wealthy then go to central america and set up housekeeping. The Taxpayers are already being screwed enough by the liberal's now. The people are fed up with liberal politics. Open your eyes.

    July 20, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Anonymous

    @ ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Other stuff Jesus said:

    What you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.

    July 20, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Lizzie

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    Stuff Jesus said:
    - and I thought you don't believe in that Christian stuff, guess only when it's convenient.

    July 20, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Chris..E.al

    I say go south and take then before they take us put that in there and smoke you some bud .Clean house clean it up ! I guess Holder and 0bama can let them all pot farm in the mean time .

    July 20, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Lizzie
    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    Stuff Jesus said:
    – and I thought you don't believe in that Christian stuff, guess only when it's convenient.
    -----------

    Heads up, Lizzie. You're embarrassing yourself and belittling those who actually DO believe in that Christian "stuff".

    July 20, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    This contry is going to have to get serious about sealing our border, or there is going to be a full scaled revolution over it.

    July 20, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Lizzie

    How many kids has Nevada taken in, or does Senate Leader Harry Reid who is a champion for illegals, or he would have to tend to his own lawn or sand, just sits back and lets the people in New Hampshire or states FAR away from the border burden them with the cost of care.

    July 20, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. itwasntme904

    This is not immigration, it is TRESSPASSING! What do you do with TRESSPASSERS?????

    July 20, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. king

    what with these backward no school going folks. do they have no imkling on how the government works. lesson conress makes the laws, the president choses which ones he likes and implent it. bush chose a law congress liked that stated that ilegals children coming from south america must be processed. i know you right wingers going to shout, obama change the laws every time. obama implents the laws through his cabinet secretary, the implentation may not be to you right winger satisfaction but you show me one incident of obama changing the law congress wrote. if you folks wants this bush era law that he chose to sign into law, you tea partiers need to go to congress and protest that your tea bagging partiers change the law you dont like and write a different law so the president can sign, and while out there protesting congress, tell them to give him some money to do his job get

    July 20, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. warthog6

    Immigration is about children, so flood our schools with gangs who rape kids, sell drugs, and murder snitches, or else you hate children.

    You don't hate children...

    ...do you?

    July 20, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. GOP = GREED OVER PEOPLE

    First, these child refugees are not being "dumped" they are being sent to Immigration centers farther from the border due to over crowding at the border centers. Note: These cities were falling all over them selves when they were trying to get the Federal funds and jobs that came with the center. Now, they need to do their job.

    Second, something we "libtards" believe and try to adhere to in our daily live, I think it is called "walking in the footsteps of Jesus" After all, we are only human and will never achieve perfection, as some cons have such as Lizzie.

    "47But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, 48and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great."

    Again, I will leave it to the self righteous GOP "chri$tians" to regale us with the REALLY important information, such as chapter and verse, we will expect that right after they get out of church, on this Sunday morn.

    July 20, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    I would think the good ole boys protesting would be happy to have more people contributing to their social security and medicare, more people to serve their food, change their linens and cut their grass. But these are probably the same folks who would pay the "cheap" wages under the table... I'm sure the 1%ers do the same. They want to take advantage of cheap labor, and whine about an influx of such; want and educated workforce, but don't want to contribute to education; use religion to divide as they talk out of both sides of their mouths...

    July 20, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Want to stem the tide? Put the EMPLOYERS of illegal immigrants in JAIL!

    July 20, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Ian's Rushtache

    Nothing but Murican ChINOs. Christians in name only.

    July 20, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Maybe they should deport THESE demonstrators parents and grandparents who obviously don't have any compassion for these CHILDERN who are the same as their own

    July 20, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Anonymous

    "Second, something we "libtards" believe and try to adhere to in our daily live, I think it is called "walking in the footsteps of Jesus" After all, we are only human and will never achieve perfection, as some cons have such as Lizzie."

    It is quite doubtful the Lizzie's of this forum understand the difference between talking the talk versus walking the walk. Their sole purpose is to ignite emotions by criticizing while offering no solutions beyond right wing rhetoric. Why they think their rhetoric will bring others who aren't already sitting in their laps to their side is likely not something FOX News or right wing talk radio has covered at any length.

    July 20, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Seal our borders, or there'll be revolution? Are you kidding me. Every damn time one of you headstrong dim-wits don't get your way about every damned thing under the sun, there's going to be revolution? Man, you people need to grow up. Here's another item to declare your want and desire to be in a revolution. How about education? How about another item to add to your list of crap to hate with or for. How about lack of industrial jobs that are jobs paying liveable wages? No, instead lets let our patriotism be for sale to the highest bidder. You clowns calling for revolution need to get a life, other than listening to your AM radio all day long.

    July 20, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Perhaps they should line up the kids and allow these "Christians" to throw rocks...

    July 20, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Thomas

    Is that Jack Nicholson in the above photo ?

    Is it true he's making a movie about a right wing tea bag who's own children have deserted , who befriends a poor Honduran kid and provides him sanctuary ?

    July 20, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. just asking

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    To all the haters and protesters: There but for the grace of GOD go you.
    ---

    no, those american citizens are where they belong, in their own country, obeying the laws of this nation and our neighbors which require proper procedures before crossing an international border into ==>their country<==. the illegals have knowingly violated numerous laws here and along the way to get here. they have lined the pockets of organized crime to do it.

    why isn't canada asking us to send them all there? oh yeah, they have laws too. so why do the liberals and democrats expect the usa to play the idiot and take in millions or billions of the world's poor kids?

    July 20, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. it must be said

    Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN
    Maybe they should deport THESE demonstrators parents and grandparents who obviously don't have any compassion for these CHILDERN who are the same as their own
    -–

    Well, there you have it people. Democrats and lefties would rather deport American citizens asking that our laws be enforced than to see our nations sovereignty and borders protected. Are these the people you want running your government? Go to the polls this November and send a clear message that aiding and abetting illegal activity will not be tolerated. Throw the Democrats out, every single one of them. Your future, the future of your kids and the future of this country hangs in the balance.

    July 20, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Lizzie: "ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    Stuff Jesus said:
    – and I thought you don't believe in that Christian stuff, guess only when it's convenient."

    I'm a Christian who believes in the teachings of Christ that speak to compassion, inclusion, tolerance, love and the belief that we are ALL children of God – and in the Christ in all of us – which transcends the cultural limitations of any religious dogma and artifice.

    If you don't get that, then you don't understand what God is, in my opinion.

    July 20, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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