Con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists want Obama to re­sign

Unite for protest in Lafayette Square

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY AN­DREA NOBLE

Voic­ing griev­ances that vary from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s han­dling of the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Beng­hazi, Libya, to con­cerns about the Af­ford­able Care Act, con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists ral­lied Tues­day near the White House to co­a­lesce around one com­mon goal — to see the pres­i­dent re­sign.

About 200 pro­test­ers milled around at noon, lis­ten­ing to dozens of speak­ers and bask­ing in the sun to stay warm in Lafayette Square, across Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue from the White House. A few car­ried hand­made “Im­peach Obama” signs, while oth­ers hoisted Amer­i­can or yel­low Gads­den flags above their heads.

The day­long event was meant to be a ral­ly­ing point for dozens of sep­a­rate ac­tivist or­ga­ni­za­tions to be­gin work­ing to­gether to­ward a com­mon goal, or­ga­nizer Larry Klay­man said.

“Ev­ery­day we get a new coali­tion mem­ber or two,” said Mr. Klay­man, who or­ga­nized the Re­claim Amer­ica Now Coali­tion. “It’s time that con­ser­va­tives, lib­er­tar­i­ans, peo­ple of faith come to­gether.”

Rally at­ten­dees came from as far away as Min­nesota, with par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing a va­ri­ety of causes.

“I don’t think you’d find a lot of agree­ment among this crowd on any­thing, but I’m sure ev­ery­one here would like to see [Pres­i­dent Obama] re­sign or im­peached,” said for­mer Sen. Gor­don Humphrey, New Hamp­shire Repub­li­can, who spoke at the rally.

Will Bates, 53, a heat­ing and cool­ing con­trac­tor, trav­eled from Kansas City, Mo. He came in part to protest the Af­ford­able Care Act, say­ing that the monthly rate he pays to in­sure his daugh­ter tripled as a

re­sources and gen­er­ate dis­trust among im­mi­grants by hon­or­ing im­mi­gra­tion de­tain­ers. The de­tain­ers “are lodged mostly against peo­ple charged with traf­fic vi­o­la­tions or mis­de­meanors and do not serve any dis­cernible lo­cal law en­force­ment pub­lic safety func­tion,” the group said in a re­port.

“The ACLU is call­ing on Mary­land to join other states in de­cid­ing that com­ply­ing with th­ese re­quests is an in­ef­fi­cient use of our lim­ited law en­force­ment re­sources and re­sults only in rip­ping apart our com­mu­ni­ties,” ACLU at­tor­ney Sirine She­baya said.

Brad Botwin, di­rec­tor of the pro-en­force­ment group Help Save Mary­land, said the de­tain­ers ex­tend the gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to find and de­port the peo­ple in ques­tion, re­gard­less of what other of­fenses they may have com­mit­ted.

“The bot­tom line is, they should not be here,” Mr. Botwin said. “They are us­ing my schools, my so­cial ser­vices, my hos­pi­tals with­out le­gal pres­ence, and there­fore they can and should be de­tained and re­moved.”

The Mary­land at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice said in an Oct. 31 ad­vi­sory let­ter to Mr. Ramirez that state and lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions can de­cide whether to honor the de­tain­ers. That view jibes with an Indiana fed­eral court rul­ing and a Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral’s opin­ion. It con­flicts with a Penn­syl­va­nia fed­eral court rul­ing that a de­tainer is a manda­tory hold or­der.

Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown signed a Cal­i­for­nia Trust Act bill last month. It pro­hibits lo­cal po­lice from hon­or­ing im­mi­gra­tion de­tain­ers un­less the sub­ject is charged with or con­victed of cer­tain se­ri­ous crimes.

At least 17 other ju­ris­dic­tions, in­clud­ing the Dis­trict of Columbia, have en­acted poli­cies lim­it­ing the cir­cum­stances un­der which lo­cal po­lice can re­spond to im­mi­gra­tion de­tain­ers, the ACLU said.

AN­DREW HARNIK/THE WASH­ING­TON TIMES

Doug Allen of Greenville, N.C., holds a flag de­pict­ing an as­sault rif­fle with the words “Come and Take It” as he joins pro­test­ers or­ga­nized by the Re­claim Amer­ica Now Coali­tion in Lafayette Square on Tues­day de­mand­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s res­ig­na­tion.

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