Are the Anti-Illegal Amnesty Protests the New Tea Party?


The Murrieta protest strongly reminded me of what the Tea Party used to do when it came to ObamaCare. A small number of ordinary people used social media to get the word out and organize protests.

The media denounced them. The politicians denounced them. But in the end they helped turned the tide of public opinion.

In the Murrieta protest, much of the organizing seems to have come from Patrice Lynes, a nurse, using Twitter and Facebook.

After speaking with friends, Lynes and others decided to stage demonstrations against the drops in Murrieta and in support of Border Patrol agents who were not being permitted to do their job and enforce the laws. Beginning with only a couple dozen people – mostly moms – and consulting with staffers from the office of Rep. Kevin Calvert, R-Calif., Lynes raised her army of “minutemen” to oppose dumping of illegal aliens in her community.

Lynes’ group targets the federal government’s airline flights as well as its busses.

“Flights arrive every 72 hours” Lynes told WND in an exclusive interview. “We will be there.”

Lynes said she is not confining her protests to her own county only, but is reaching out to other targets of the illegal drops to help others organize the same way citizens did in Murrieta.

She described what she did: “I just called two friends, we got out on the street to warn all the citizens what was happening … then we started to show up at our Border Patrol station to support the Border Patrol, to say we understand that your hands are tied, we know you’re not allowed to enforce the laws, but we want the illegals repatriated to their home countries.”

“I am willing to help whomever wants to do this,” she said. “I’m inspired because I love America!”

That’s how real populist grass roots action works.

The patriots are pitted against an army of special interests. NBC has been deliberately astroturfing pro-amnesty protesters, right down to pushing a Twitter hashtag. The Republican Party’s top people are pushing amnesty and lying about it.

The situation is similar to, but also worse than ObamaCare, because there is no establishment opposition at all. The only real opposition is coming from ordinary people who are fed up.

Lynes has reminded us again that ordinary people can make a difference by standing up and fighting back. She may only have a handful of Twitter followers and a sparsely visited Facebook page, but it was enough to bring out a critical mass of people and then to attract others.

Protester Roger Cotton, 49, drove up from San Diego to wave a flag outside of the Murrieta Border Patrol Station.

Cotton arrived shortly after the bus was blocked and turned around. He said he decided to come to Murrieta on his own accord and was surprised to find other protesters there.

Another crowd member said she missed the protests on Tuesday but asked, “Is there another bus coming and where can I be when it does?”

This is how a few people working together can build a movement.

I’m not saying that the Tea Party is done or that it needs to be replaced, but this is a reminder of how it got started. Ordinary people standing up to the government over their political grievances.

  • laura r

    daniel, too little too late. why wasnt there a militia @ the border years ago? like 20 yrs back? 10 yrs back? why did america wait this long? they may win some battles but they will lose the war.

    • republicc

      Its never too late.

      • laura r

        better now than never. but this is not enough. there needs to be an armed group, or @least 1/2 million people near the border.

    • Erudite Mavin

      Rick Perry too busy campaigning 2012 and for 2016.
      Then there is long time Texas Libertarian, Ron Paul when in Congress voted every time against fencing the border helping the democrats along.

      • JR Kipling

        The Libertarians cant finish a simple sentence without contradicting themselves. They didn’t want Real ID, or voter ID or ID anything because it was “fascist”. Now they are paying for an infinitely expanded welfare state filled with “New Americans” who wont read the Constitution because, they cant read.

        • Erudite Mavin

          Exactly JRK.
          Rand Paul is against E verify. He does not
          believe Employers have a right to check if a
          possible employee may be an illegal.

        • laura r

          he sounds far left progressive. i had listened to many speeches & was impressed w/80% of it. no more. the other perosn who is in favor of open borders is the judge who worked w/fox news.

          • DB1954

            Rand Paul isn’t a progressive. He’s demented just like his lunatic father. He has recently thrown his support to Grover Norquist, the “conservative” king-maker who has been made into an Islamic dhimmi apparently by a wife or GF. Norquist is apparently giving Rand Paul money to run for President and to try and implement a no-borders policy so big business doesn’t have to pay decent wages.

      • laura r

        ron paul? thats surprising. never heard him say that, or even discuss immigration.

        • Erudite Mavin

          Having following politics since a kid in the 50s, I did not miss Ron Paul’s stupidity especially during his last Pres. campaign.

          Ron Paul believes a border fence will not keep illegals out but will fence us in. This tells his mentality.

          Also Ron Paul was against Arizona’s new laws to defend themselves from illegals a few yrs. ago.

          If You Want Open Borders, No Fence and Increased Illegal Immigration, Ron Paul is the Candidate For You

          January 14, 2012 at 8:14am

          Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) claims to be against illegal immigration, but has repeatedly voted against the border fence (with one exception in 2006), as well as the E-Verify program to stop employers from hiring illegal aliens. In fact, he is against all laws prohibiting employers from hiring illegal aliens.

          The Obama administration, the Mexican government, and the ACLU all filed separate lawsuits against the state of Arizona’s because of its get tough policies which include the deportation of people who are here illegally. One of the few Republican Members of Congress who opposes the Arizona law is Ron Paul.

          He claims to oppose amnesty but this is not supported by his voting record or other actions.

          In their “2012 Presidential Hopefuls Immigration Stances Report Card”, NumbersUSA gives him an “F” rating on immigration.

          Paul never expresses an interest in human rights abuses anywhere in the world. The exception is illegal immigrants, where he advocates a “Good Samaritan approach.” The Congressman also does not want existing anti-immigration laws enforced.

          In the September 2011 debate at the Reagan Library, Paul said a border fence could be used to keep Americans in rather than illegal aliens out.

          The Congressman believes in states’ rights, and if a state approved open borders he would not stop them.

          When he ran for president in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee, Paul advocated their official policy. He said, “As in our country’s first 150 years, there shouldn’t be any immigration policy at all. We should welcome everyone who wants to come here and work.”

          At the same time he advocated the complete elimination of the Border Patrol, which he said was unconstitutional. Paul repeatedly said the Border Patrol is not mentioned in the Constitution so it should not exist. He is no longer using that rhetoric in this campaign.

          Paul has consistently voted against using the US military to defend our southern border. This is a short list of his votes in favor of illegal immigration:

          ■2006: H. Amendment 206 to H.R. 1815

          ■2004: Goode Amendment to H.R. 4200

          ■2003: Goode Amendment to H.R. 1588

          ■The Goode Amendments authorized the Secretary of Defense to assign members of the military, under certain conditions, to assist in the performance of border control functions. It passed the House by a vote of 231-191.

          ■2002: H. Amendment 479 to H.R. 4546

          ■2001: Traficant amendment to HR 2586

          ■2000: Traficant amendment to H.R.4205

          ■1999: Trafficant Amendment to H.R. 1401.

          ■Rep. Paul voted against authorizing the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to request that members of the Armed Forces assist the INS with border control efforts. The Traficant Amendment passed by a vote of 242-173.

          ■Paul voted against H.R. 418 in 2005 to strengthen border control by requiring completion of the last 3.5 miles of the San Diego border fence. The legislation also broaden the terrorism-related grounds for inadmissibility and deportability of aliens. It passed by a vote of 261-161.

          ■Paul voted in 1997, 2001 ( H.R. 1885) and 2002 (H RES 365) to grant, extend or continue under 8 USC Section 245-i amnesty for illegal aliens. This qualified as amnesty by “allowing an illegal alien to remain in the US legally” for a temporary period rather than permanent. This was seen as a loophole in the 1996 IRCA that barred illegal aliens from receiving visas for 10 years. By paying a “fee,” illegal aliens who applied for legal status could remain in the US while their application was reviewed and evade the usual investigation done in their home countries. The 245i program has since ended, but Ron Paul voted for its continuance in 1997, 2001 and 2002, and voted against ending it later.

          ■Paul voted NO on extending the voluntary Basic Pilot Workplace Verification Program (H.R. 2359)

          ■Paul voted NO on the border fence in 2005 (Hunter Amendment to HR 4437). The legislation passed by a vote of 260-159. Rep. Paul changed his position when he decided to run for President and voted for the same measure, the Secure Fence Act, in 2006. The legislation authorized an additional 700 miles of double-layered fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. The Congressman changed his mind because he wanted “enforcement of the law.” He said it was not because he supported the construction of a border fence.

          ■After Paul changed his position he was interviewed by John Stossel of 20/20 on January 3, 2008 and said he finds a border fence “rather offensive.” He described his vote as symbolic, and he has never explained how he would secure the border.

          During the August 2011 debate, Paul denounced “the people who want big fences.” He said “this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital. And there’s capital controls and there’s people control. So, every time you think of a fence keeping all those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us, keeping us in.”

        • Tina Trent

          You’re not paying attention and you don’t know his voting record — this is not subtle stuff.

  • margret ardilla

    Hoping the support from the Left for these Illegal Trespassers doesn’t silence and overwhelm this Grass Roots Uprising

  • djf

    Speaking of the Tea Party, Dan writes: “The media denounced them. The politicians denounced them. But in the end they helped turned the tide of public opinion.”
    Arguably correct, and yet Obamacare is still here, with no clear prospect for us to get rid of it, or even “fixing” it to avert the impending disaster as the “law” covers mor and more people. So I do not take much comfort from the comparison of the immigration protesters to the Tea Party.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It takes a lot to win, but this is where you start

  • Tim N

    Read the article.

    I gagged at this part:
    “Protesters supporting immigrant rights waved Mexican flags and shouted slogans..”
    Doesn’t that just sum it all up? Wave the Mexican flag shout demands for the US to overturn it’s immigration laws to cater to what foreign nationals deem is in their interest.

    • Erudite Mavin

      I was part of a group of Republicans several yrs. ago here who countered a march of over 50,000 Mexicans for amnesty.
      Mexican Flags was the least of it, carried were the old Soviet Red hammer and Sickle flags, posters of Che Guevara, etc.

    • Greg Thomas

      We are being invaded by La Raza racists who hate White America and our worthless politicians refuse to protect us from this onslaught.

  • Erudite Mavin

    As a native here in San Diego, this is not a new tea party but what the views a large per cent have had for decades.
    This protest is not new. I know Registered Democrats here who don’t support illegals.

    • DB1954

      Why are they Democrats? They’re the traitors.

  • GSR

    No one is against reasonable number of legal immigrants but what’s been going on for a long while now is neither legal nor reasonable. It’s just wholesale population importation for the purpose of electoral politics and to grow the bureaucratic state and with millions more of dependent peasants and the political whores who get elected and re-elected by pandering to them with social spending programs.

  • okokok

    I hope they don’t pass immigration reform; 50,000 Latinos turn 18 every month–and they vote; and hundreds of thousands of their friends do also-and they can’t stand Repubs; this nativist insanity will guarantee the GOP will never win a national election; I hope Obama just legalizes everyone who has been here and been a good citizen for say, 10 years….even if nothing passes, if conservatives think they will win elections in places other than basically the old slave states, they have been smoking something before it is legalized…why would anyone want to come to a country where 1/3 of the people are obese, 1/2 or more on pills and another 1/3 flat out alcoholics…beats me?! Oh, maybe a job or a better life or escaping from gangs and death squads–like all other waves of immigrants who came here?

    • GSR

      Question: Is Mexico “nativist”? How about Japan? China? Egypt?
      Latin America has been corrupt and inept since, oh, Adam & Eve. Your beloved people are coming in record numbers now because Obama invited them as a ploy to grow their numbers in the US and out vote native born Americans. Oh by the way, learn to use some grammar.

    • Greg Thomas

      How about we deport every illegal invader, including their anchor babies, who are in reality, faux American citizens at best. Let mexico fix their toilet bowl of a country. We owe them nanda!

      • okokok

        “How about we deport every illegal invader”
        and that would include you, bubba, and all your spawn and ancestors …when are you leaving?

  • MN dude

    time for secession. just about every article on every conservative website i see is grounds for it. gotta work up the courage to quit my job, ditch my mortgage and head to texas.