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'Go home': Protests spread as opposition to illegal immigration soars

Florida residents gather in Spring Hill, Florida to protest the flood of illegal immigrants.
Florida residents gather in Spring Hill, Florida to protest the flood of illegal immigrants.Patricia Campion

While Breitbart reported that House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), said during Tuesday's appearance MSNBC's "The Morning Joe" that the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding across America's border from Mexico should be treated like baby Jesus -- who "was a refugee from violence" -- The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Jordan reported Sunday that “the influx of thousands of Central Americans into the U.S. has energized anti-illegal immigration activists who organized rallies across the country in recent days.”

As Leslie Larson reported for The New York Daily News July 2, "three buses carrying 140 illegal immigrants were unable to drive to the border patrol processing station in Murrieta, Calif., since a crowd of 150 outraged locals stood on the access road leading to the border patrol facility."

"Go home — we don't want you here," angry residents shouted. Some waved American flags. Others held signs that read, "Return to sender" and "Bus illegal children to the White House."

According to the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) website, 321 protests took place over the weekend (July 18-19) in all 50 states.

Jordan further reported for The Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama "has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to respond to the crisis and lawmakers are weighing whether to amend a 2008 law to expedite deportations. The House and Senate are moving forward on separate bills with no clear deal in sight."

On July 11, John Silman reported for the Tampa Bay Times that “a federally funded shelter in Pasco County is housing boys from Central and South America and asking the county to double its capacity to accommodate more.”

“The children, according to the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services shelter in Holiday off of U.S. 19, are between the ages of 8 and 18,” Silman noted. “The program is paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.”

"A shelter spokeswoman declined to give the number of children at the shelter," Silman wrote, "but said it is licensed for 16 beds."

According to ALIPAC, protesters gathered in 17 cities across the state of Florida.

“I am here to represent all of the people who can’t stand up and speak for themselves,” Hernando County Florida resident Deb Howard told Examiner Saturday as she took part in the protest at the corner of Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19. “I’m here to protest all and every illegal immigrant – illegal -- not refugees. They are illegal criminals.

"When you cross the border without proper procedure, you are a criminal – right from the get-go," Howard asserted. "So kindly leave. Remove yourself and get out of America, because we are sick and tired – sick and tired – of financing your housing, your clothing, your food, your schooling and everything for your children and grandchildren. Go home, because you’re not welcome here!”

“I’m just out here today trying to support the troops because what they’re doing by opening our borders is taking money away from our veterans," James Wall, Jr. said. "Our veterans are homeless. They’re on the street. It’s ridiculous what Obama is doing with this country. It’s time to stand up.”

“I’m just tired of Obama taking away our rights and continuing to degrade the Constitution,” said a resident of Spring Hill, who identified himself as Chuck. "We need to stand up and we need to take our actions to the street, to the people, and get this changed.”

Although disabled, Catrri Good participated in the Spring Hill protest to show support for immigrants who came to the United States legally. She said it took three years and over $6,000” for a friend of hers from the Philippines “to get here” with her husband.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Good said of the taxpayer dollars being used to support illegal immigrants rather than to help struggling Americans. “I am the type of person who is willing to help my fellow man. But it should be out of choice, not taken out of the money we pay to the government. Our government is hired to take care of us. That’s their job, and they have failed."

According to Monday’s post on the website of immigration law office of Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., “the Department of Health and Human Services, out of all unaccompanied minor children apprehended in 2011, 42 percent, or 2,588, might have been eligible for SIJ status. Out of that number, 758 applied for asylum and 1,449 applied for SIJS. This is a much smaller number than the current estimates that project that 90,000 unaccompanied children will try to enter the U.S. in 2014.”

WND’s Aaron Klein reported June 16 that “DHS claimed in its new budget proposal that current trends lead it to estimate 60,000 unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, will cross illegally this year.”

However, Klein noted that “a closer look at DHS’s own numbers” reveals that 47,017 UACs already arrived -- mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras -- as of May 31.

“If those trends continue,” Klein wrote, “the numbers could eclipse 100,000 by the end of the year.”

The results of a study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and released April 8, 2009, outlined the costs of illegal immigration to Florida’s taxpayers:

•$3.4 billion a year to educate illegal immigrant children and the U.S. born children of illegal immigrants.
•$290 million a year on unreimbursed health care for illegal aliens.
•$90 million a year to incarcerate criminal illegal aliens.
•The total represents an annual cost to each of Florida’s native-born headed households of $678.

As Slate reported Feb. 1, 2013, 825,000 of Florida’s 18,492,000 residents in 2010 were illegal immigrants. While illegal immigrants accounted for 4.5 percent of the population, they comprised 6.6 percent of the labor force.

On July 8, the Center for Immigration Studies published a fact sheet on Central American immigrants. Based on data compiled by the Census Bureau, it lists basic socio-demographic statistics on individuals, "both legal and illegal, from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, the three primary sending countries."

• Population Totals: In 2012 there were 2.7 million immigrants from El Salvador (1.3 million), Guatemala (880,000), and Honduras (536,000) in the United States. Combined, the immigrant population from these three countries has grown 234 percent since 1990.
• The Top-10 States of Settlement: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia.
• Illegal Immigrants: Department of Homeland Security estimates indicate that about 60 percent of immigrants from these three countries (1.6 million) are in the United States illegally.

“With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months,” Gallup reported July 16 that “the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17 percent this month, up from five percent in June, and the highest seen since 2006.”

Rasmussen reported July 17 that 59 percent of America’s likely voters “don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible."