Anti-Immigrant Protests A Bust, Again
Earlier this month, Rep. Michele Bachmann utterly failed to organize a Tea Party uprising against President Obama’s executive action on immigration, as what she hoped would be a massive Washington, D.C., rally against “amnesty” eventually became a press conference attended by a handful of activists holding anti-Obama signs.
The anti-immigrant movement had yet another embarrassing failure yesterday when two demonstrations, one billed as a “Massive Gathering in Washington to Oppose Executive Amnesty,” failed to draw more than a few dozen people.
The cries for increased deportation, as well as an impeachment of the president, began with a morning rally at the White House, where despite the zealous energy amongst the assembled Tea Partyers and militia members, seemingly only about two dozen protesters showed up to air their discontent and express their support for a group of sheriffs gathering on the Hill to oppose the executive action.
Led by a picket-sign-toting activist in Revolutionary War-era garb, the small gathering of “patriots” waved American flags and chanted their demands for the “terrorist” President Obama to step down, at the apparent behest of “King Jesus,” for welcoming “diseased” immigrants into the country.
As the number of photographers covering the rally nearly surpassed the number of people actually participating in the protest, a Capitol Police officer stepped in to move the protestors back onto the sidewalk, where the crowd engulfed the ever-present demonstrators seeking a U.S. ban on nuclear weapons and a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The anti-immigrant activists then complained that they were experiencing government persecution by being moved off the street, which the colonist-impersonator claimed was an order sent directly from Obama himself.
Several blocks away and a few hours later, the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA staged what can very loosely be called a rally on Capitol Hill to welcome approximately 50 sheriffs convening in Washington to lobby against the president’s immigration action.
Sadly, it appeared that neither the sheriffs nor too many NumbersUSA supporters got the memo, as the rally drew fewer than 10 people, two picket signs, and one American flag.
6 supporters and no sheriffs against amnesty yet. pic.twitter.com/94TK7Jny8q— Esther Y. Lee 李御璽 (@estherindc) December 10, 2014
The sheriffs, who were scheduled to stage a press conference immediately after their meet-and-greet with the anti-immigration activists, were also nowhere to be found. Later, the few protesters who did manage to show up were informed that the sheriffs had already convened inside the Senate office building, and that their opportunity for a grand entrance and statement-making photo ops had been lost.
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