10,000 protest housing illegals in Boston
Protesters Swarm Beacon Hill, ‚ÄėLivid‚Äô Over Illegal Immigration
An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.
While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO‚Äôs The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.
People carrying signs that said ‚ÄúDeport illegals,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúAmericans before illegals‚ÄĚ stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kuhner told Boston.com that he himself is a legal immigrant.
Kuhner came to the United States in the 1990s on a work visa as he worked towards a Ph. D. Still a Canadian citizen, he was issued a green card in 2006. Kuhner said he is currently in the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve never seen any kind of a backlash like this before on any issue ever. People in this state are livid. They feel betrayed by the political elite,‚ÄĚ Kuhner said of Gov. Deval Patrick‚Äôs decision for Massachusetts to offer shelter to unaccompanied minors.
This week, a state official said it remained ‚Äúunclear‚ÄĚ how many unaccompanied minors crossing the nation‚Äôs southern border illegally would be coming to Massachusetts and how many could stay in the state longer. The state has offered to house up to 1,000 children at one of two secure facilities for up to four months.
Kuhner told Boston.com that he thought Saturday‚Äôs rally in Boston may well become a national story. ‚ÄúWe made the Drudge Report.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThese are not children. When you say child, the implication is 4, 5, 6 [years old]. They‚Äôre teenagers ‚Äď many of them are gangbangers ... If you‚Äôre 15, you‚Äôre not a child. A child is 12 and under.‚ÄĚ
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