As President Obama arrived at the Las Vegas high school where he gave a speech about his sweeping immigration reform on Friday, his motorcade passed dueling street demonstrations that captured just how divided America is on immigration reform.
Crowds engaged in civil (and occasionally uncivil) disobedience shouted each other down and heckled people arriving to the event. About sixty protesters waved signs reading “No Amnesty,” “Illegal Prez,” and “Impeach Obama.” They stood across the street from a crowd of mostly Hispanic demonstrators who seemed to want Obama to go further. They held signs that read “Reunite The Families,” and “Obama, What About My Mama?” African American men with signs reading “We Support You Obama” exchanged words with opponents armed with multiple megaphones. Police monitored the situation, which never verged on violence, but often descended into verbal ugliness.
In front of a banner that read “FIRE OBAMA” with a hammer and sickle for an “O,” one protester yelled: “We the people are tired of Obama, or as I like to call him, Benito Obama!”
Two African American men yelled, “Stop hating!” “Who does that to your President?”
When Hispanic families in formal attire passed en route to the event, hecklers yelled, “Here come your taxpayer dollars at work!” Other protesters joined in with, “There’s plenty more where that came from!” “Go home!” and “You don’t deserve to be an American!”