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Dayton Protesters Highlight Illegal Immigration Issue
DAYTON -- All over the country protesters are gathering against amnesty for illegal immigration and the increase in children crossing the border illegally.
More than 50,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have crossed the Mexican border in the past nine months.
Saturday on Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights and on Smithville road, protesters are asking that America send the kids back. They don't want to welcome any of the thousands of unaccompanied children into our border. And even further, they don't want to allow them in Dayton. Something Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is willing to do for the children in need.
"We have demonstrated that we're immigrant friendly and we treat people with respect," said Whaley.
"We don't agree with the millions of people being shipped into our society when there are people here who aren't getting taken care of,' said protester Suzanne Robertson. "if they want to come here they should do it legally like everyone else.
Robertson was determined to spread the message.
"I went to Cincinnati cause that's where I live and I was outraged that no one showed up so I decided we have nothing else to do, lets go to Dayton." she said.
"We have to take care of our own first," said Diane Gooch Dayton protester. "We don't have enough resources to support another group of people."
While the honks and stares continued on Smithville, not far away, Turkish immigrant Yasha Shakirjon is getting things ready for an event Saturday night at the Turkish American Community Center.
"They can have better life here," said Shakirjon who came to the states legally.
He says he still knows how necessary it is for the unaccompanied children and teenagers to have support in a new land.
"Like for me, government supported us," he said. "Food stamps, medicaid, all that stuff and right now I have my own business."
He says it's sad thousands of parents feel they have no choice but to send their children to America by themselves and that the protesters should look at the immigrants as more of an investment than a cost.
"They're going to be working here, they are going to be producing some stuff," said Shakirjon. "They are going to be opening businesses and I think that will help the government, economy."
While these protesters disagree, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she'd be happy to welcome some of the children into our immigrant friendly city.
"President Obama is trying to get the bill passed and were supportive of that effort and we'll be supportive of the administration and what they need. We're a part of America and we definitely want to be part of the solution as well," said Whaley.
Even though only about a dozen people showed up Saturday, every few seconds we heard cars driving by honking and yelling out the window in agreement. Some yelled out insults to the people protesting here, and many people just looked out the window with their jaws dropped.
Officials anticipate the numbers will continue increasing and could reach as many as 74,000 unaccompanied children in 2014.
President Obama has requested a 3.7 billion budget to help with admission, detention and care for immigrants, Mayor Whaley says she wants to support the presidents bill. The protesters obviously don't. Which side are you on?
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