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Arizona politician mistakes YMCA campers for illegal children

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According to the Washington Post on Wednesday, an Arizona politician is probably wishing he was anywhere but in Arizona today after creating a "photo-op" scene around a bus load of children carrying YMCA campers who he mistook for undocumented immigrants.

Arizona State Representative and Republican 1st District congressional candidate Adam Kwasman wanted to be in on a demonstration in Oracle, Arizona, so he rushed to the scene to participate in a protest against housing some of the thousands of undocumented children who have come across the border in the past few weeks in a near-by facility.

Kwasman was in the middle of a fiery speech about "Lady Liberty," when he spotted a yellow school bus. He immediately took off with a horde of protesters following in his wake to confront the school bus. What happened next is both funny and somewhat sad. Kwasman stopped, took a picture of the school bus with his cell phone and tweeted the following message: "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law."

Still at the scene, Kwasman told 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik, "I was able to actually see some of the children in the buses and the fear on their faces. This is not compassion." There was only one little problem with the congressman's story. First, the children on the school bus were from the Marana Arizona school district, and were YMCA campers.

When Resnik pointed out the congressman's mistake, Kwasman had to make a quick turn-around, and state “those children were sad too.” It could be the children were wondering what the devil was going on, especially with a bunch of people carrying signs rushing up to the bus. Actually, the kids were having a bit of fun, laughing and taking pictures of the protesters.

Kwasman's re-tweet said: “Last tweet not the bus of illegal immigrant children. Thank God.” The congressman tried his best to make a bad situation better, but succeeded in only making it worse when he told reporters, “OK, I apologize. I didn’t know. I was leaving when I saw them. I said I saw children. … Those were not migrant children. That’s fine. Listen, when you see — it was a mistake. That was a mistake. That was not correct and that’s a mistake.”

The influx of undocumented children coming across the border from Central America has sparked outrage and protests in Arizona and California recently, and many of the protesters are not residents of the towns where the children are being bused. So far, a solution to the problem is still being debated, and all the while, the children still keep coming.



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