Tea Partiers Rally at the Border for Enforcement
This weekend, hundreds of Tea Party activists gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to protest illegal immigration. Speakers and Tea Partiers proposed a number of solutions; they also yelled “Hey, don’t come over here anymore” across the border. There was one clear focus to the demands — Tea Partiers want tougher border enforcement.
Obama signed into law last week a bill to provide $600 million toward increasing security around the U.S.-Mexico border, a bipartisan bill that Democrats hoped will bring Republicans to the table for immigration reform. Prospects for convincing the Republicans currently in Congress looked bleak, but if Sunday’s rally is any indication, Republican challengers won’t be interested in supporting comprehensive reforms either:
Several speaking to the crowd of more than 400 demanded Congress and President Barack Obama devote more resources to increase border security in remote areas like the site of Sunday’s demonstration southeast of Tucson.
“We are going to force them to do it, because if they don’t, we will not stop screaming,” said former state Sen. Pam Gorman, one of 10 Republicans vying for an open congressional seat in north Phoenix. Gorman carried a handgun in a holster slung over her shoulder as she mingled with demonstrators.
At the same rally, J.D. Hayworth, who is challenging Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the Republican primary, said he would help “put an end to amnesty once and for all, to secure our borders, to end any of this misguided talk about open borders.”
The Obama administration has not proposed open borders, and regularly touts its high levels of enforcement. But it seems that message isn’t getting through to the Tea Party.