Lowcountry protesters join national push against immigration reform

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - If you've taken a ride along I-26 near Aviation Avenue in North Charleston, you've probably already seen them.

On July 18 and 19, Lowcountry protesters joined hundreds across the United States in what is being hailed the largest coordinated protest against amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform.

"The ways that we're trying to get it across don't seem to be working, and Congress isn't listening," said Linda Ensor, a protester out of Summerville.

Numbers from the Border Patrol say more than 57,000 children have been apprehended since October.

In an attempt to deal with the issue, President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion.

Meanwhile, in cities in New York and California, community leaders have offered to set up makeshift shelters to relieve U.S. Army bases.

"They're being told that these are all children and it's a humanitarian effort that we need to be participating in, but that's not the whole truth," said North Charleston protest organizer Deborah Ross.
Ross, and nearly a dozen others joined in protest, fear adults would also be cleared to cross the border.
 
"We don't want anyone to think that we're against immigration," she said.  "Just illegal immigration."
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