A protest erupted at the Washington state Republican Party Headquarters in Bellevue Thursday.
According to reports, approximately 100 women in favor of immigration reform showed up at the offices, with about 40 protesters forcing their way inside the building.
The demonstration was part of what activists said would be multiple acts of civil disobedience across the U.S. Their purpose in gathering at the GOP offices was to bring attention to an immigration reform bill House Republicans have been reluctant to support.
When the crowd refused to disperse upon requests from the owner, authorities began rounding up demonstrators and placing them under arrest.
The activists involved came from all walks of life. According to reports, even Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s wife was present for the impromptu rally.
The issue of immigration was on Barack Obama’s agenda Thursday, too, as he met with Arizona Sen. John McCain to discuss a path forward on that and other topics. Both men support the overhaul bill currently waiting for action in the House.
Millions of Americans, however, stand in opposition to the sweeping reform proposals. As U.S. citizens continue to struggle in a beleaguered economy, many see that legitimizing those who flout our immigration laws to come to this nation should not be rewarded with de facto citizenship.
Somehow, Republicans who dare to reflect this prevailing sentiment within the party are viciously derided by those who support blanket amnesty for illegals. When the party’s state headquarters are overrun by such radical protesters, their disdain for our rule of law is painfully obvious.
Even though leftist legislators want to ignore the blatant lawlessness of those who cross our border illegally, conservatives have not engaged in similar disruptive tactics.
When they cannot win an argument based on facts, though, it is common for the left to engage in outrageous behavior – a la the “Occupy” movement – in order to gain attention.
–B. Christopher Agee
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