Just one day after Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor blew off a nine-year old girl who approached him in the hallways of the House by saying, “I can’t help you,” he refused to meet with over a dozen immigrant children who came to his office. It took just a few minutes for his staff to call the cops on the kids, who were singing for immigration reform.
“We want reform, we want it now. We are titanium. Keep our families together. We want reform right now,” the children sang. (Katy Perry would have been proud.)
The children, some of whom appeared to be as young as four or five, are part of groups identified as the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Keeping Families Together. They wore tee shirts that read, “Keep our families together.”
“We have to ask you to leave. If you don’t want to leave… if you want to stay in, you’re subject to arrest,” the police officer told the children. He repeatedly said, “you’ll be subject to arrest,” although, to his credit, he was cordial and respectful.
Later, after true children began singing again, the officer grew frustrated and told them, “everyone that stays in this room may be arrested.”
FIRM states that many of the children are U.S. citizens but some of their parents are undocumented and may be fighting deportation, which could tear their families apart.
“Staffers in Rep. Buck McKeon’s (R-CA) office also called police,” the group notes.
Hat tip: The Raw Story
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