DENVER — Americans for Legal Immigration PAC touted there would be a large protest against President Obama, but in Denver, the reality didn’t live up to the hype.
ALIPAC announced that more than 20,000 people signed up to attend “National Protests Against Obama” at all 50 State Capitols on Saturday.
The groups wanted to air their collective grievances against our chief executive, yet the sidewalks stood silent and Colorado’s State Capitol steps remained vacant.
“I expected to see a couple thousand people. But I don’t think it’s because of a lack of interest. I don’t know anybody who voted for him,” said Obama critic James Patterson.
The sparse assembly of 22 united in their dissatisfaction with our nation’s leader. They flew flags and shared their opinions on guns, Benghazi and immigration reform.
“It’s applied for 200 years to many, many hundreds of thousands of immigrants. 2012-2013 should not be any different,” said critic Christine Martinez.
Martinez and others are against Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants, by establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship.
“Just giving blanket amnesty to over 12-million, illegal aliens in this country is not the answer, especially if they are going to pretend to address border security issues and push that off to the future. Then, ignore it like what happened last time,” said Denver-native and Obama critic Shane Marlett.
However, supporters of Obama’s immigration plan say it’s humane and realistic.
“The reality is, they say, we have 11 million undocumented people in this country. They are not going to leave. We are not going to round them up and deport them. That would be a disaster. It would be bad for them and bad for us. It would be a disruption to society and the economy,” said Rev. Nelson Bock, a member of Together Colorado, a faith-based network pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, and full citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
One of the biggest immigration reform bills in Colorado is moving forward for full debate next week at the Capitol.
The Colorado ASSET bill would require Colorado colleges and universities to give undocumented students in-state tuition rates, if they’ve attended a state high school for at least three years.
Supporters say the bill has its best shot ever at becoming law this year.