Conservative activists want Obama to resign
Unite for protest in Lafayette Square
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.
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.