Imagine, if you will, that a pipe burst in your house. What would you do? Most people would shut off the water and then mop up the mess.
That’s how Deanna Frankowski of Leeds, Ala., believes the immigration crisis needs to be handled.
Stop the influx of illegal aliens first. Then deal with the ones who are here. That’s the message she hopes Washington receives from the protests held nationwide on Friday and Saturday. And it’s why she organized the one in Birmingham, Ala.
“I think the surge has been a concerted effort by President [Barack] Obama,” Frankowski said. “I think he believed that by this point in his Presidency, immigration reform would’ve passed.”
Well, it hasn’t. And the Nation is currently dealing with an influx of illegal aliens, tens of thousands of whom are children. They are pouring across the Nation’s southern border — many of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
“They are using the children as pawns in a political chess game,” Frankowski said, pointing out that American parents who abandoned their children and sent them off on a trip by themselves would end up in jail.
“You have to follow the law of the land, she said. “Why is the government systematically choosing the laws they want to abide by?”
According to Frankowski, Make Them Listen has three objectives:
- Close the borders.
- No amnesty.
- Stop the surge.
“Then,” she said, “we can deal with the people left in the country.”
Frankowski said that may very well include steps to citizenship, which many people involved in the protest movement would support, but that amnesty is not an option.
In the meanwhile, Frankowski knows how the U.S. government can cover the cost of dealing with the illegal immigrants: Use each country’s foreign aid to care for their citizens who made their way to U.S. soil illegally.
The Birmingham protest was part of a network of anti-illegal immigration rallies that took place at State capitols, Mexican consulates, and on streets and overpasses throughout the Nation over the weekend.
A flyer announcing the national protest said:
Our Border Patrol is overwhelmed by the massive flow of illegal aliens crossing our border daily. Illegal aliens with communicable diseases and conditions such as tuberculosis, scabies, and head lice are entering our country unabated. There is a very real security risk to Americans from drug cartels, gang members, and terrorists – all of whom can cross our border with no resistance. Adding insult to injury, American taxpayers are being forced to pay for transportation, housing, schooling, legal assistance, and more for the illegals crossing our border.
The mass protest was the brainchild of Paul Arnold, founder of “Make Them Listen”, and was quickly embraced by a number of organizations, including: America Working, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), Americans Have Had Enough Coalition, MINNSIR, Overpasses for America, 2 Million Bikers To DC, Remember 1986, Riders USA, Help Save Maryland, Tea Party Community, and Tea Party Tribune.