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San Diego Immigrant Rights Groups Rally In Support Of Migrant Families

Evening Edition

Aired 7/3/14 on KPBS News.

Dozens of activists gathered near downtown San Diego on Wednesday morning to show their support for migrant families from Central America who had been transported to the region.

Dozens of activists gathered near downtown San Diego on Wednesday morning to show their support for migrant families from Central America who had been transported to the region.

"These children are our children," said Enrique Morones, executive director of the immigrant rights group, Border Angels. "Let’s show the world that we know how to love our children."

Nearly 140 women and children who entered the U.S. illegally arrived to San Diego on Tuesday by plane from overcrowded facilities in Texas. Immigration officials then took them by chartered buses to Murrieta but the vehicles were blocked and turned away by protesters.

"We saw the worst of the American spirit," Morones said of the Murrieta protest.

Border Angels is leading an effort to collect food, clothes, toys and other items to give to the newly arrived refugees. Morones said his group is planning to help in every way they can. He urged the community to do the same.

Dozens of people, including a group of 18 students from Maac Community Charter School in Chula Vista, came to Border Angels headquarters near downtown San Diego to show their support for the migrant families from Central America, July 2, 2014.

"We're working with other agencies and providing legal assistance for free, housing and food for free, helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they need to pick up some family, or drop off at a bus station."

Tommy Ramirez, dean of students for the Maac Community Charter School in Chula Vista brought 20 students to the rally to help them get involved in the humanitarian effort.

"We were very saddened yesterday to see what happened with those children," Ramirez said. "We talked about it with our students and there are many of them that wanted to come and support."

Marabel Solache from San Marcos is part of the advocate group, North County Immigration Task Force. She came to the rally with her two children to offer a different message than the protesters in Murrieta.

"How do you think they were thinking inside of the bus? They don’t feel welcome. And that’s why I was so emotional is because I can’t imagine," Saloche said.

Escondido resident Ronald Kohl, with the advocate group La Jolla Quakers, said he's mortified by what happened in Murrieta.

"I believe we can present a better image," Kohl said. "I think we can treat people better."

Morones said donations can be brought to the Border Angels office located at 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego 92101.

Comments

Avatar for user 'progressivebuthey'

progressivebuthey | July 2, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

immigrant rights groups --- culture of we take, take, take. you pay, pay, pay.

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JeanMarc | July 2, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Don't these people have jobs to go to? Perhaps they themselves are living off the government?

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 2, 2014 at 8:32 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The angry mob who showed up to protest people being detained and transported for processing also taunted LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS of Latino/Hispanic background:

From the LA Times :

A well-known Mexican banda singer named Lupillo Rivera who is a UNITED STATES CITIZEN was driving by when he happened upon the protest and somebody shouted that he was an illegal immigrant and should go home.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigrants-murrieta-20140701-story.html#page=1

I have a hard time believing that these people have a problem simply because they did something "illegal".

They have a problem because these people are brown and they are angry over America's changing racial demographics, let's just bring some honesty into this right now.

This "illegal" clutch people rely on is a smokescreen.

Illegal is simply a government designation and can change at any time when laws change.

We could have amnesty granted for certain folks and they would no longer be "illegal", but do you think people like this would treat them any better if that were the case?

Of course not.

I really wish these people would stop hiding behind the "illegal" mantra because they don't want brown immigrants coming here regardless of whether they are illegal or not.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 2, 2014 at 8:34 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

By the way, my post above is referring to the angry mob that prevented DHS from processing people in their custody yesterday, not the immigrant groups referred to in this article, just thought I'd clarify.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 2, 2014 at 8:37 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

JeanMarc "Don't these people have jobs to go to? Perhaps they themselves are living off the government"?
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Did the people who stopped the buses yesterday not have jobs?

Why weren't THEY at work?

Maybe they were on public welfare soaking up MY tax dollars.

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progressivebuthey | July 2, 2014 at 11:39 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

for every dollar spent on this problem, the u.s. must borrow from china because we are in a deficit. ridiculous. spend 2 billion in mexico and central america on birth control. if you can't afford children, can't protect them, can't feed them, can't house or educate them DON'T HAVE CHILDREN.

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Mmikey | July 2, 2014 at 12:34 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago


So let me get this straight. . . If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan border illegally, you get shot. Two Americans just got eight years for crossing the Iranian border. If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get a job, a driver’s license, food stamps, a place to live, health care, housing, child benefits, education, and a tax free business for 7 years? No wonder we’re a country in debt.

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jskdn | July 2, 2014 at 2:33 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The rights these groups seek is the right of illegal immigrants to stay in the country and receive benefits for being here. Those rights are in inherent conflict with the right of the citizens of this country to choose to limit immigration and have their government effectively enforce the laws necessary for that to be possible.

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Missionaccomplished | July 2, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

JOHN MARKKK says "Don't these people have jobs to go to?"

Did he ALSO ask rhetorically about the hayseeds protesting yesterday???

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Missionaccomplished | July 2, 2014 at 3:48 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry Quack,.you beat me to it!

SILENCE from JOHN MARKKK.

SILENCE from JOHN MARKKK.

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Missionaccomplished | July 2, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Mmmikey, you ADMIRE North Korea's and Iran's border enforcement??? A simple yes or no will suffice.

OOOOR maybe you will the policies favored by a statutory rapist:

"FORMER ITALIAN premier Silvio Berlusconi says he has re-established his historic alliance with the anti-immigration Northern League party in a move which could make next month’s elections significantly closer.
“An agreement has been signed,” Berlusconi told RTL television, after weeks of uncertainty over whether his People of Freedom (PDL) party could heal a rift with the League to run together in key battleground regions in the north of the country.
The billionaire media magnate said the post of prime minister “will be decided if we win” but could go to the PDL secretary Angelino Alfano." -- the Journal, Jan 7, 2013

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guavass | July 2, 2014 at 3:56 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Mexicans mow lawn, cook your food, build your cars, build learjets, make computer software. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-27/mexicos-surprising-engineering-strength "BMW to Join Mexico's Auto Boom with Assembly Plant" http://online.wsj.com/articles/bmw-to-join-mexicos-auto-boom-with-assembly-plant-1404239898 Mexico will transform into the “country of engineers” http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-05-21/mexico-pumping-out-engineers

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adree9210 | July 2, 2014 at 11:24 p.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I can't believe some of the comments here. People really need to go to a library, sit down, do some research. They can also go to school and learn something, ANYTHING! The fact that someone actually brought up birth control is appalling. Do you morons know anything about what happens in the world outside of this country? It's 2014 for crying out loud!

I also applaud this organization for putting "human" before immigrant.

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Boots | July 3, 2014 at 12:55 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Good for these people standing up for human dignity, just like the Irish,Italians and all other immigrants had to do against the ignorant bigots

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Boots | July 3, 2014 at 1 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

All Europeans were once "illegal immigrants" to this country, many of whom were the dregs of Europe

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Boots | July 3, 2014 at 2:03 a.m. ― 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Internet commenters spend a lot of time spreading fear and disinformation about these issues
http://immigrantsandiego.org/

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