Hundreds of people gathered at a remote desert location in Oracle, Arizona, early Tuesday to both protest and support the delivery of 40 to 60 illegal immigrant children to Sycamore Canyon Academy in the Catalina Mountains. A press release had been circulated over the weekend that stated that the Department of Homeland Security would be off-loading unaccompanied minors in Pinal County. Yet as the day wore on, it became apparent that the buses were not coming.
The Sheriff spoke with reporters at the intersection of Mt. Lemon and Webb Road near the boys’ ranch.
“These unaccompanied juveniles should be put on planes and returned to their country of origin and reunited with their families,” Babeu said.
When asked if he has been working with DHS, Sheriff Babeu said that he had been attempting to reach Jeh Johnson and other top officials by fax, email, and phone.
“There’s a lot of confusion,” Babeu continued. “Even here in Arizona.”
Babeu was told on Tuesday that the unaccompanied immigrants were not coming to the ranch.
“Who’s running this operation?” he asked rhetorically. “This is where I am not only upset, I’m insulted by the lack of cooperation by the Federal Government.”
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom