FRISCO — The immigration and border issue has become a very polarizing topic, and that is evident in hundreds of social media comments we see every day from viewers.
But in recent weeks, getting those opposed to the federal government's plan to move hundreds of unaccompanied immigrant children to Dallas to comment on camera has been difficult.
On Tuesday, the Fabri family of Frisco shared their story. It's a story that Toni Fabri has likely told hundreds of times.
Immigration papers dated 1904 hang on the wall of their home, documenting the arrival of her Lithuanian grandmother at Ellis Island. It's a document that gives the Fabris perspective as Dallas prepares to receive an estimated 2,000 children who came to the U.S. fleeing crime and poverty in Central America.
"They’re calling them 'immigrants,' and they’re not immigrants — they’re 'illegal aliens,'" Fabri said.
Toni Fabri is the chairwoman of the Frisco Tea Party; her husband Tom is a member. Both are strong supporters of legal immigration.
"And the children? It’s almost a crime," Tom said. "The children are like pawns in this whole thing."
They point the finger at politicians and the president, who they feel aren’t doing enough at the border. They’re also critical of the word "amnesty."
"That word got around — whether by design or by incompetence — that’s created a problem," Tom said.
President Obama is expected to arrive in Dallas on Wednesday, and the Fabris, the country, and even Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings hopes the visit sheds more light on the plan to deal with the influx of young people on the U.S. border.
"We will deal with the human side of this and also the political side," the mayor said. "I’m anxious to hear from the White House on that."
The Fabris cannot and will not speak for other tea party partisans. But — unlike most others we tried to reach — they are not hiding their medical, social and poltiical concerns about the surge of Central Americans.