Something really weird is going on here – I’ve never heard of many protests by border town residents against immigration enforcement – most of them realize that it’s illegal immigration that is hurting them more than enforcement of the law.
Demonstrations unfolded Wednesday at six Arizona border checkpoints, where protesters complained that the Border Patrol has turned their hometowns into intimidating militarized zones, among other border control issues that threaten the quality of their lives.
At the Arivaca checkpoint, about 20 miles outside the town, dozens of protesters stopped traffic for less than a minute in an attempt to shut down the facility, but federal agents quickly herded the group to the roadside.
“It seems like a war zone all the time,” said Patty Miller, who has lived in the area for 31 years and took up a megaphone to shout out her opinion.
Other protests, organized by independent border town community groups, focused on a variety of concerns. In Bisbee, residents voiced concern about the environmental effect of a border fence. Native Americas of the Tohono O’odham Nation complained the Border Patrol was intruding on tribal land. In Tucson, protesters focused on the shooting death of a 16-year-old Mexican boy by a Border Patrol agent in October 2012.
At the Arivaca checkpoint, protesters said the town draws two types of residents: people who want to live a secluded lifestyle, far from big cities; and residents who want to move away but can’t.
That mix of aging hippies, back-to-the-landers and migrants makes Arivaca particularly antipathetic to arguments that the show of force among Border Patrol agents is making the area safer.
Aging hippies and migrants? I’m really suspicious about these protests, given that we already know that Soros is funding protest groups against cops in black communities…