A Group of Jones County Residents Protest Housing Illegal Immigrants

Published 08/12 2014 11:50AM

Updated 08/12 2014 12:04PM

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ANSON, TX -- Protesters in Jones County held signs Monday in front of the county courthouse including one that said, “send illegals home.” 

“We don’t want illegal aliens here in Jones County,” said protester David Andrews.

Recently officials with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have toured the vacant detention center in Anson, Texas where many illegal immigrants could possibly be housed.  

“To simply over run us and say ‘I'm here’ is not lawful,” said Andrews.

According to Jones County Judge Dale Spurgin, this subject has been on the commissioners court agenda since 2005. However, protesters note that ICE has been reaching out to Jones County since last December has forced these locals to prepare for what could happen.

“With the children, somebody is going to have to educate them and that’s going to fall on our public schools systems,” said protester Darrell Ueckert. “Our rural tax rates will go up, and they have no base to support their education.  So, it’s going to fall on the citizens and tax payers of the county.”

These protesters want people to know that they aren't heartless,

“If they are hungry feed them. I'm sure everyone here in Jones County and Anson feels the same way. If they need clothes clothe them,” Andrews said.

But Andrews and others do not want the immigration issue on their front door steps.

“They need to be sent back home,” said Ueckert.

(Information from bigcountryhomepage.com) 

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