National debate plays out locally as immigration groups clash in Silver Spring
Point, counterpoint lost amid a tsunami of flags, bullhorns
An issue of national importance hit home in Silver Spring last weekend as several anti-illegal immigration groups rallied outside an immigrant-rights advocacy group’s headquarters on University Boulevard.
Flags were waved and fingers were wagged on both sides of the line Saturday in front of the Casa of Maryland worker’s center as members of the Langley Park-based immigrant-rights group squared off with members of Rockville’s Help Save Maryland. Both groups struggled to exercise their first-amendment rights against a backdrop of American flags, bullhorns and the flashing lights of several police cruisers parked along the street to uphold the amendment’s wording: the right of the people to “peaceably assemble.”
Up to 30 anti-illegal immigration protestors picketed outside Casa’s center while nearly as many Casa volunteers helped clean the grounds inside the fence.
Whitney Riley, of Baltimore, joined the Help Save Maryland protest as a way to voice her support for what she called “the rule of law” regarding immigration.
“We want [Casa] to stop funding illegal aliens with taxpayer money,” she said. “They have pamphlets that show how to circumvent the law; … in the end we need to be a nation that stands on the rule of law. Illegal immigration is illegal, period.”
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*NOTE – I HAVE CONTACTED THE GAZETTE TO HAVE THEM RETRACT THE COUNT, THE COUNT WAS TAKEN PLACE AS THE EVENT WAS WINDING DOWN. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE EVENT, 100 PEOPLE WERE THERE, NOT 30*