Illegal Immigrant Activists Go On The Offensive:
On Wednesday, a large group of illegal immigrants and activists made their way from the Sacred Heart Church in Segundo Barrio to the El Paso County Courthouse in Texas to protest against the Trump administration’s Title 42 ruling, which allows for the deportation of asylum-seeking migrants without due process.
The protesters also donned white shirts and pretended to be crucified outside the courthouse as part of their demonstration against what they called cruel and inhumane conditions that illegal immigrants are facing under this policy.
This protest has garnered much attention with conservative politicians condemning it as an act of disrespect towards law enforcement while immigration activists praising it as a necessary action taken to raise awareness about the plight of undocumented individuals living within America’s borders.
Most of them said they were marching against the extension of Title 42, which was announced Dec. 27. https://t.co/3gItMSVMi6
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The march began at Sacred Heart Church where protesters chanted slogans such as “No human is illegal” and “We are not criminals”. As they arrived at the courthouse, some members were dressed up like Jesus Christ on a crucifix while others held banners calling for humane treatment for those seeking asylum in America.
They also read out testimonials from those who have experienced suffering under this harsh new policy before holding a moment of silence for all victims affected by it. During this time, over 100 people gathered around them to show solidarity and support for their cause.
Seriously? You are here illegally. This is ridiculous. https://t.co/wnE0fkM4WH
— MotherFoulker (@MotherFoulker) January 1, 2023
Condemnation From Conservative Politicians:
This protest was met with criticism from various political figures across Texas including Attorney General Ken Paxton who described it as “despicable” and “offensive”.
Other conservatives joined him in condemning it calling it an affront to law enforcement officers who are just doing their job enforcing immigration laws set by Congress and US federal government agencies respectively.
However, many immigration activists praised these actions claiming they were necessary steps taken by those who understand how unjustly these policies have been implemented on vulnerable populations seeking safety within our borders.