Last week, a crowd of 300 protesters confronted three buses carrying undocumented migrant children and their parents near Murrieta, California. Waving flags and punching placards in the air, the protesters blocked the road. The buses were forced to turn around.
A reporter for the Murietta Star Tribune interviewed a few of the protesters after the event. Here’s what they had to say:
Emily, age 40: “It’s hard-working Americans like me that make America great. That’s why I skipped work to be here today.”
Bob, age 65: “My great-great grandparents came over from Hungary on a boat. Nobody bothered them. They were welcomed to America. But this is totally different.”
Jim, age 50: “Immigrants? What immigrants? I thought this was a protest against mass transit.”
Ray, age 34: “Yeah, I get it. Some guy staggers through the desert under a blazing sun and almost dies of thirst. He gets caught and they send him back home, but he still tries again. I know, I know – if that guy can take my job after all that, maybe I need to up my game. But I still don’t like it.”
Joe, age 65: “Wait. This isn’t the line for buses going to the casino?”
Jen, age 40: “I haven’t had a raise in five years. I’m pissed off and looking for someone to blame. But I can’t vent on my boss because he has more power than me. So this rally is perfect.”
Jamie, age 50: “My ancestors had to travel to America in a cramped, stinky boat full of people getting sick. But look at this – is that bus air-conditioned? I’ll bet they even have wi-fi on that thing!”
The rallies are expected to continue until one of the main organizers slips up and makes an offensive racial slur.