ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters have begun gathering in a small town near Tucson after an Arizona sheriff said that the federal government plans to transport about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths.
Protesters on both sides of the debate showed up in Oracle. Anti-immigrant groups hoped to block the buses if they come, while pro-immigration advocates showed up to remind the migrants that they are welcome in the country.
Anger has been spreading in the town of Oracle since Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (BAB'-yoo) warned residents last week that immigrant children from Central America caught crossing the border illegally would be placed at the Sycamore Canyon Academy in Oracle. Protesters were hoping to mirror demonstrations in Murrieta, California, when immigrants were bused there recently.