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Both Sides Of Immigration Reform Amnesty Hold Protests In Valencia

Both Sides Of Immigration Reform Amnesty Hold Protests In Valencia

Protesters for and against immigration reform amnesty and the recent border surge gathered on opposite sides of the Valencia Boulevard I-5 overpass for simultaneous demonstrations on Saturday.Protesters against immigration reform amnesty.

A single demonstration was initially scheduled as one of hundreds across the United States in honor of what event organizers are calling National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Border Surge, but Santa Clarita residents in opposition to this cause worked quickly to organize a counter-protest.

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Both sides held American flags and signs in support of their cause, and countless vehicles driving by slowed to read the signs or honked their horns in response.

Protester against immigration reform amnesty.

“Word has spread around the world that if you come here, President Obama will not deport you,” said Greg Aprahamian, event organizer for the protest against immigration reform amnesty. “In the last couple months, we’ve had over 50,000 people bringing their kids here, and the federal government is taking these recent illegal aliens… and embedding them into our society and into our country.”

Related Protesters Against Immigration Reform Amnesty To Demonstrate In Valencia

A large banner reading “Repatriate Illegal Aliens” hung behind approximately 20 protesters next to an American flag, and volunteers handed out informational flyers to pedestrians.

“We’re telling the government, no– we do not want this,” Aprahamian said. “We want those people repatriated. They have no right to be here and they’re being allowed in for cheap labor and to support… people who profit from them being here.”Protesters in favor of immigration reform amnesty.

On the other side of the street, about 15 people gathered in opposition, arguing in favor of what Kristin Ingram-Worthman, one of the event organizers, called “refugee children.”

“Obviously, we feel it’s bad to be against immigration,” said David Barlavi, who organized the counter-protest with Ingram-Worthman on Friday. “But it’s especially bad to be against children and to want to send them back to a country that they fled from because of abuse and violence against them… George W. bush passed the Child Trafficking Protection Act, which said that children who flee violence, abuse and trafficking– like these children are –are not illegal; they are absolutely legal refugees eligible for asylum.”

Barlavi stated their group would remain on the freeway overpass until the protesters across the street left.

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Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. Melissa is also a part-time staff writer at the Santa Clarita Gazette weekly newspaper and Canyon Country Magazine. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. She recently finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.
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