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People arriving at the San Ysidro Port of Entry were greeted by a group of prayerful demonstrators singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children" on Saturday, July 19.

Pastor Sharon Stanley-Rea of the Disciples of Christ led the group of about 25 people in what she called "a demonstration of faith" that lasted several hours in front of the government building at the southernmost trolley stop.

"We are here to proclaim our hope that our government protects these [Central American migrant] children from violence, from extortion, from sex trafficking, from gangs — from dangers so severe they had to flee from their homes and come here," Stanley-Rea said.

Groups including the Americans for Legal Immigration and Overpasses for America claimed to have organized 320 protests all over the U.S. for Friday and Saturday, including protests in La Mesa, San Ysidro, and Murrieta. Protesters did show up at the Severin overpass over the I-8 this morning and at the Mexican consulate in Little Italy on Friday, July 18.

The Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) website has pictures of about a dozen people and says "25 patriots" showed up. But, police said, no anti-immigrant protesters showed up in San Ysidro.

The Disciples of Christ group included people from Miami, Texas, and Washington DC. They are in San Diego for the church's national Hispanic assembly convention.

"When we heard there was going to be a demonstration against helping these refugees, we decided to come," Stanley-Rea said. "We wanted there to be Christian voices in the midst of the sad, terrible anger against these poor children."

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silverlover July 19, 2014 @ 8:36 p.m.

The "children" as old as 18, are not here alone, they come with the mother, the father, cousins or even neighbors and let in by the border patrol and the "homeland security" by instructions from the empty suit in the white house. They are joining the thousands of "family units" that are crossing every day with full acceptance from the white house who has hid this from we the people. This is an invasion of our country; they and the other 11 million of illegals that are here are the ones that have broken the system by continuing to jump to the front of the line to receive all kinds of benefits that we the people provide, because all the money the government gives away so easy comes from us the workers. This church and all others that want illegals to receive what they do not deserve should pay from their own pocket. I hope we the people pay attention and vote out all the pro illegals we have now in the government.

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OsideDave July 21, 2014 @ 3:56 p.m.

you "obviously" have no idea what you are talking about

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silverlover July 21, 2014 @ 6:23 p.m.

Wake up America! I know exactly what I am talking about - if you want to support the world then go ahead and give them all your money. Just read some of the stories in Yahoo: "Obama administration has been warned of rise in child migrants since 2012" story by Rebecca Kaplan political reporter for CBS, White House Hid Huge Spike Of Families Crossing the Border" story by Nail Munro White House Correspondent. Charity starts at home but Obama has no time the help the people of his own race, to busy giving and giving to illegals that is why he is an empty suit. I do not want the money taken from my pay check to be used in any way to benefit illegals. Every government should take care of their own people, this was a great country and now is looking more and more like a third world country full of lazy people waiting to receive their welfare checks instead of looking for a job. We are not only at the mercy of criminals but also at the mercy of the government raising taxes to continue to give money away since there is lots more were that one came from. All the info from the empty suit is lies and more lies; ever since he became president he has been working in destroying this country and so far his plan is working. I hope the minute man organization will help soon!!!!!

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silverlover July 21, 2014 @ 7:31 p.m.

You people need to get together with billioner boys Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates to pay for the billions of dollars needed to support the illegals; especially after Microsoft cuts the 18,0000 jobs from Americans to give the to H1 Visas and the spouses that now thanks to Obama can also get jobs from Americans, happy boy Bill will have more money with the bonuses coming from the cuts. I just read in Yahoo that Mexico is taking a tougher position against illegals ,because they do not want illegals to stay in Mexico if they fail to get across the border to America; everything is ok as long as we take them all and support them for life, once they register in Obama care the program will look like is a success without mentioning the fact that we the working people will pay for all and when the "children" grow up they will register Democrats - this is the urgency of Obama to give them papers. Also another way America is looking more and more like a third world country besides the fact that illegals do not learn English is the fact that only 2 political parties are always in power; taking turns every few years and most are as corrupt as their counterparts.

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