Border protests held across the U.S.

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by CARLA WADE & JENNY DOREN

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WFAA

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 1:22 PM

DALLAS -- People on opposite sides of the immigration issue lined up on opposite sides of Elm Street in downtown Dallas Friday morning. 

It was all a part of a National Day of Protests taking place across the country Friday and Saturday. Several anti-illegal immigration groups organized demonstrations under a larger group called Make Them Listen. 

The catalyst was Judge Clay Jenkins' plans to shelter border kids in three different North Texas locations. Protestors crowded onto a tiny corner across the street from The Dallas County Administration Building. 

On the opposite side of the street there was a counter demonstration organized by various groups, including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff. 

Jenkins has led the push to provide refuge for 2,000 border kids in North Texas. That stance has led to both outrage and praise. 

"I just don't believe what Jenkins is doing is good for Dallas County, good for the state of Texas or good for America," said Jerry Mangum. "If we are going to have citizens in this country and the first thing that they do to get in is being an illegal; I just don't think it is right." 

Several dozen people joined Mangum, waving American flags and signs.

“There is a huge lack of compassion for the children, which is why we as Unitarians use standing on the side of love for our actions," said Pat McAfee. She held up a large yellow banner with the phrase “Standing on the side of love."

“If we come down on side of love for people and the environment, then we have made the right decision,” she said.

A timeline for when those kids will arrive has not yet been announced. The federal government will foot the bill for their care. 

Jenkins told News 8 earlier in the week the children would be temporarily housed at three locations in Dallas County. They include an old Parkland Hospital warehouse, a vacant school in Dallas, and another school in Grand Prairie.

On Friday Jenkins released  statement about the protests.

“I am focused on working with our community, faith leaders and federal partners on helping traumatized children in crisis move from detention on the border to compassionate care here. Leaders can empower grace and mercy or incite fear and anger, but it's the community that responds. Dallas County residents have overwhelmingly chosen compassion.”

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