Immigration Debates Continue to Divide Oklahomans

Two groups of protestors with two very different voices held signs from a Tulsa overpass this afternoon.

Protests like the one here on Southwest Boulevard and I-244 were held across the country, showing the divide in immigration reform.

Some showed up in support of the children and those escaping poverty and crime, calling them refugees.

Others reminded them of their law breaking actions.

"Protesting the latest influx of illegal immigrants," said Jim Goodloe. "Now, they get offended by being called illegals, but by their actions, that's what they are."

Goodloe argues that no one should have a problem with immigration as long as it is done legally and that people are properly screened.

"We shouldn't change our laws because enough people break the laws," said Goodloe.

A group of protestors on the other side of street argued that people should learn more about the stories of those crossing the border undocumented.

"I'd like to say that to let them know who these children are, know their stories and what their purpose is here," said Jordan Mazariegos, standing in solidarity for immigrants. "They see us as a drain and we are not. We are just wanting to get a better life and to become a better person that will in turn benefit everybody else in this country."

Hundreds of children are currently being housed and cared for at Fort Sill in Lawton since June.

Goodloe argues that this is a drain on the country's finances and adding to the debt count.

"Right now they're on military bases and our border patrol is being overrun trying to baby sit kids, and it's not just kids, it's adults too that are coming," said Goodloe. "The media is trying to portray that it's just a bunch of refugee kids, but we don't know who's coming."

Counter-protestors in Oklahoma City reminded those holding "Impeach Obama" and "Boycott Mexico" signs of how the United States was created.

"Everybody here is an immigrant," said Ulises Villalobos, a counter-protestor. "We all came from a different place, Native Americans are the only non-immigrants."

Protestors on both sides say "overpass" efforts will continue until the issues are resolved.