There was some concern and reluctance on the part of a number of our members to participate in the Overpasses For America rally. Rallying in a residential area could be taken as intimidating or unpleasant. Well, it worked out so ‘unpleasant’ with the 30 or so total that showed up, a neighbor’s kids threw together a lemonade and cookie stand and did a raging business with us (it was HOT). Highland Park police turned out in full force (3 at the Jenkin’s residence; 3 more on patrol for our ‘strolling’ portion). One wishes any given mile of our BORDER had that level of coverage. But the police were very pleasant and pleased with how we acted. BTW: the Jenkins were out on vacation- and we knew this well ahead of time; his residence was a symbol. The poster below said it best:
The one thing about controversy: it DOES bring out the media. As much media came for this one event than we saw with all of the recent corner and overpass rallies COMBINED. The Dallas Morning News had probably the best piece here The comments on this article is some of the type of discussion we were hoping for. Channel 5, 8 and 11 did small pieces on it; 8 and 11 heavily edited and slanted as expected (the editors doing more damage than the reporters). None of them mentioned a VERY important point we made over and over to them: over 85% of the unaccompanied ‘minors’ are OLDER (13-17) males. Some have been found to be gang members; think they’ve all (or even most) have been uncovered?
This was a one-off type effort, to drive home a specific point. Jenkins has SO badly thought this out that he was surprised schools and a warehouse can’t be magically turned into residents in a single month. The feds haven’t even finished ASSESSING the sites, but they would take MASSIVE reconstruction.