July 4 was my second night protesting at the Border Patrol Station (BPS) in Murrieta. When I was there Tuesday evening, things were smaller, more passionate and probably a little more civil. Both sides were vocal about what they thought about the other side – lots of F bombs and B words were thrown around – but for the most part, there was no physical violence.
Spending the 4th of July outside of the BPS was a no brainer to me. What better way to defend our nation than by expressing my First Amendment right! In a lot of ways, it seemed ironic not to be there.
When I got there, there were caution signs that divided the pro-amnesty side from the pro-legal immigration side. While standing there, it dawned on me that no one (that I had seen) had tried having a true conversation about the immigration issue with our opposition. Instead, profanities and name-calling were the extent of the “conversation.
I took it upon myself to try to have a dialogue with the pro-amnesty side. What sparked my curiosity was a sign one of their protesters had. It said something along the lines of “Spread love, don’t spread racism.” That brought about my initial question: How is securing our borders racist?
What you’ll see from my YouTube video is that the pro-amnesty side isn’t willing to have a conversation about the crisis on our border. They aren’t willing to talk about what works best for everyone. They continually talk about letting every single undocumented worker in but they don’t talk about addressing the problem in the long-term.
Instead of using the word “amnesty,” our opposition is now claiming that these undocumented immigrations deserve asylum. From their arguments, asylum could be granted for anything and everything. Where is the line drawn? According to some of them, there is no line. They think our borders should be open and everyone should be allowed here.
When I proposed my initial question, there were 20-30 people who began to verbally attack me. A few people yelled things like “Go back to Europe” or “Don’t you have compassion?” One girl proceeded to yell at me, saying “you’re fat” and that they should start a protest for me to lose weight.
Another lady went on a tangent about Jesus and how we need to repent for our sins. She compared us not wanting open borders to us stealing sugar packets from McDonalds. Not sure Jesus would agree with that one, but I’ll be sure to make a mental note come Judgment Day.
Once the media saw things begin to get “interesting,” camera crews were in my face. Suddenly everyone on the pro-amnesty side was an expert on history, American law and politics. But remember….this isn’t a political issue. This is a humanitarian issue…or so they claim.
Toward the end of our conversation (off camera), the few people who decided engage in civil conversations came to one major conclusion: both sides can agree that they’re upset with President Obama and his Administration refusing to address the immigration issue.
One man told me I’m “uneducated” and “don’t understand politics”. When I told him I have a degree in Political Science and worked in politics in D.C. he tried to show me up with his “credentials.” Apparently a normal citizen can’t understand politics if they don’t agree with him.
On the other hand, I also had a couple of men who came around the caution tape and thanked me for having a decent conversation with them. They appreciated the fact that I wanted to put the name calling aside and talk about real solutions. It was a nice surprise. Unfortunately, we don’t see this kind of dialogue in politics often enough.
EDITOR’S UPDATE: Many of the pro-amnesty protesters have been directly linked to the Revolutionary Communist Party USA. Stay tuned.