Another illegal immigration protest took place in Conroe Saturday afternoon, with protestors lining the Loop 336 overpass so that cars traveling the main lanes of I-45 could see their signs and banners. They also held American flags.
Among the protestors was Maria Espinoza, Director of The Remembrance Project, which is now in 21 states.
“We’re standing for American families, upholding current laws, and we want our public servants to enforce the borders,” Espinoza said. “We are memorializing Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens…”
Espinoza said she believes illegals should be stopped at the border, not after they are inside the country.
“The government should do all it takes to keep Texas and America safe and protect our borders,” she said. “We have over half a million American children who need our help.”
Espinoza said, “Americans have to take care of America first,” and then America can help others. She also said many of the children crossed over with family members and should be fed, medicated and inoculated, but then turned over to their countries’ consulates.
“Have the consulate stand up and take responsibility for their citizenry,” she said, “And then be sure they use some of that US foreign aid we give to all these countries, millions of dollars, to repatriate them, the children the family members back to their country of origin.”
Espinoza said the U.S. must also announce that we will not be accepting people who cross over illegally.
“We have a process here and that’s what we should follow,” she said. “Then move into those countries and make sure they take responsibility. Right now, they’re encouraging them. If those countries want to be more like America we can teach them.”
“We can teach them to fish so they can stay in their country where they’re more happy, and where they know their culture,” Espinoza said. “These consulars know their cultures and are better suited to help them. We have to sand t for our American families first.”
She pointed to a banner, representing a quilt her organization is making, with names and photos of those murdered in the U.S. by illegal aliens.
“Tina Davila was murdered by an illegal alien who was brought here when he was 2 years old. She had 5 children,” Espinoza said. “Who is standing up for her children now?”
“We have millions of children who need our help and families who are suffering terribly now because of illegal immigration. Our public servants have to serve the people they represent, and that is Americans and American children.”
The illegal immigration protest was large, but a counter-protest appeared on the overpass with a few signs, portraying an opposing view to Espinoza’s.
Mizraim Reyes spoke for the counter-protestors, saying, “We’re out here to show that theres a diff side of the story that these protestors are presenting.”
“We want the county and the state of Texas to know the people of Montgomery County aren’t all hateful, and we want to show that these kids have rights as well,” Reyes said. “They have equal protections under the law, and they have due process of law that needs to be applied to them and they shouldn’t just be deported without a fair chance to speak for themselves.”
“There’s no clear easy solution in hand, and I don’t think I could provide a simple answer,” he said. “A step in the right direction, though, could be that congress needs to work together to help fund these programs that the President is trying to do.”
“I feel that the money the funding that he requested would’ve gone toward helping these kids go through their trials quicker, get them the attorneys that they need, the judge’s that they need to be speaking before so they can determine if they have a right to be here.”
“(Their) families back home, I imagine that they must be missing them very much dearly, although that is not to say that they didn’t want to send them here in the first place,” he said.
As for kids already here, Reyes said churches were providing shelter for them, including some abandoned schools.
“As for their families here, I think they’re waiting for their families to be reunited and I think that’s something I want to see,” he said. “I hate to see families torn apart and I think by deporting them – yeah you may be sending them back to one part of the family but you’re tearing them apart from another.”
“To send them back would be cruel,” Reyes said.