By: Susan Knowles
It appears that things have finally calmed down a bit in California since the people of Murrieta, who stood in defiance of the federal government, forced buses carrying illegal immigrants to turn around and leave their town. The actions of the Murrieta protesters sent a clear message to President Obama that the crisis was caused by his failure to protect the border and that they were not going to carry the burdens caused by the influx of illegal immigrants.
Pro-amnesty protesters’ personal convictions stood in sharp ontrast, however. Many pro-amnesty protesters criticized the pro-legal immigration protesters as being haters of children while at the same time claiming that the opposing protesters had stolen the land belonging to Native Americans and Mexico.
They further claimed that the pro-legal immigration protesters needed to go back to Europe, even though they were here legally, because of this alleged land grab. Perhaps that is why a couple of pro-amnesty protesters decimated the American flag on July 4 by setting fire to it.
The pro-legal immigration protesters, on the other hand, many of whom have children and grandchildren of their own, showed their support of this country by waving the flag and demanding that Obama adhere to the U.S. Constitution by securing the borders.
Each side in the debate continues to have its own perception of what’s right and wrong. Neither side has wavered. It was an ugly situation about to get uglier. That’s when the administration reversed its earlier decision to send the illegal immigrants to California and instead, kept them in Texas.
The illegal immigration issue showcased the continuing debate between the Blue vs. Red counties in a state where its people are heavily divided. So divided, in fact, that there has been recent talk of splitting the state up into six separate states.
Murrieta’s recent stand, however, was a defining moment and a first for California, no matter which side of the debate you may find yourself on. Murrieta, was the first to tell the federal government, “No.”
It was surprising to say the least when a small town in California, of all places, stood up as those who love this country, and declared they were not going to take it anymore. Even Texas would have to admit that they never thought they would see that in California, especially not before Texas took a stand.
In a state, with a history of liberalism, you would expect a California city to be the first to ban fracking, as Beverly Hills recently did. You might also expect to find out that an elementary school in Calabasas, Calif., near Los Angeles, is the first school in the nation, to have an all vegan school lunch program. What better state would fit the stereotypical mold of these liberal agendas than California?
Also, Murrieta took its strong position without the support of its governor. Until recently, Gov. Jerry Brown had stayed out of the limelight on the topic of illegal immigration coming to his state from Central America.
Brown recently spoke out about the influx of illegal immigrants when he said, “We got a problem, and the only way we solve it is if Republicans and Democrats, if congressmen and congresswomen, work with the president to deal with a very difficult problem.” Brown went on to say, “And it’s a human problem. Not a problem for the next politician jumping on board to get himself ahead.” He concluded by suggesting that presidents from Central American be included in any discussions.
Brown’s response to the Central American illegal immigration issue is a far cry from when Brown dealt with a similar issue in 1975, during his first stint as governor of California. You may recall that immigrants of another country were being sent to California by the federal government. Back then, the country was Vietnam, not Central America.
Brown didn’t hesitate to stand up and tell the federal government, under Republican President Ford, how he felt about the immigration issue. Brown said that the federal government was trying to “dump Vietnamese on California. We can’t be looking 5,000 miles away and at the same time neglecting people who live here.” Many of today’s pro-amnesty protesters in Murrieta, who likely voted for Brown, might be surprised to know that he also tried to prevent planes carrying refugees from landing at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., not unlike what the pro-legal immigration protesters did in Murrieta recently when they stopped the buses from unloading in their city.
Even Joe Biden, a Senator at the time, complained about President Ford’s move to bring the Vietnamese to the U.S. He said the White House “had not informed Congress adequately about the number of refugees” coming to the U.S. Apparently, Murrieta isn’t allowed to feel the same frustrations toward the Obama administration as Biden once felt as a member of Congress toward the Ford administration.
In any event, the state of California remains sharply divided on the issue concerning the influx of illegal immigrants coming across its borders. Apparently, the Blue vs. Red controversy will live on in the Golden state for quite some time!
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