Arizona Representative Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrant Children

Arizona Representative Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrant Children

Adam Kwasman, who is an Arizona Republican state representative and also a congressional candidate, seemingly believed that it would be a good idea to begin a protest close to Tucson yesterday against a school bus that was filled with YMCA children he allegedly believed to be migrant children travelling to a housing facility. As the vehicle grew closer, Kwasman tweeted that a bus was coming in. He added that it was not compassion to allow such but to do so was an abrogation of the rule of law. He also was even reported as saying that he could see “some of the children” and “fear on their faces.” He added a picture of the back of the yellow school bus.

It is unknown why a congressional candidate would speak about protesting against terrified children but the story took a disastrous turn for Kwasman soon after he spoke. Apparently there was not any fear on the faces of the kids because they were not even migrant children in the school bus. Instead they were kids that were coming from the Arizona school district of Marana and they were only going to the YMCA’s Triangle Y Camp. The camp is indeed located not too far from the Rite of Passage shelter, which is set up for illegal immigrants.

A news reporter, at the protest scene, stated he saw the children and they were laughing and taking pictures of the media. However Kwasman’s fellow protestors presumed the bus was nothing but a trick. They were allegedly reported as saying people on the bus were claiming to be going to the YMCA camp, but this was possibly an extravagant ruse planned to help get undocumented children into the United States. Yet it turned out there was no trickery involved. The kids ended up being actual YMCA children that right-wing activists were objecting to.

Kwasman supposedly hurried to delete his tweet and allegedly later stated that he did not realize the kids were going to the YMCA. When he was asked by the local reporter if he had realized the bus was full of YMCA children, Kwasman allegedly replied that he had to apologize because he did not know.

Apparently, Kwasman was not the only Arizona Republican starting protests because Sheriff Paul Babeu has also been linked with supposedly rousing up anti-immigrant protesters through social media postings and a news release. He has also been reported as leaking information about the immigrants’ arrivals to a local activist. Immigrant activists have been questioning the sheriff about supposedly stirring up protesters.

However the bus that Kwasman and other protesters were waiting on, that was supposed to be filled with migrant children never showed up, stated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kwasman is running in the Arizona GOP primary against House Speaker Andy Tobin and also businessman Gary Kiehne. The winner of that race will go up against Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election for that state.

Kwasman, who is an Arizona Republican state representative and also a congressional candidate, seemingly believed that it would be a good idea to begin a protest close to Tucson yesterday against a YMCA bus.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

NBC News

USA Today

MSNBC News

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