In a marked change of strategy, illegal aliens and their supporters have decided to shun peaceful tactics in their struggle to gain amnesty for illegal aliens. Instead, they intend to take more radical actions to force their own arrest.
A popular tactic of recent days and weeks has been to block buses filled with illegal aliens destined for deportation. Last Friday, protestors blocked buses from leaving a dentetion center in Tucson. The same tactic was used yesterday in San Francisco.
The amnesty activists, backed in many instances by the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, are also interfering with law enforcement officers' lawful attempts to arrest individuals. Last week in Tucson, around 100 pro-amnesty activists surrounded two border patrol agents when they tried to arrest suspected illegal aliens after a traffic stop conducted by the Tucson Police Department. Pepper spray had to be used to disperse the crowd. A Tucson courthouse dealing mostly with illegal aliens was also shut down for the day after protestors barricaded it.
This decision to raise the stakes and abandon peaceful protests has been made due to a sense of betrayal by President Obama and his failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Marisa Franco, an organizer for the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, said about the change in tactics:
It's absolutely out of frustration and impatience. Immigrant communities who are losing 1,100 loved ones every day to deportation cannot wait for Congress to end its political games or for the President to rediscover his moral compass. The people will take power back into their own hands and set a true example of leadership that the Beltway will have to follow.... The promise the President made in 2008 is now so empty that people have forgotten he even made it. Unless he actually uses his authority to provide real relief, he'll only be remembered as the Deporter-in-Chief.
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Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:36pm EDT