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ROCKWALL - Members of Overpasses for America spent Friday evening waving flags and holding signs on an overpass in Rockwall, soliciting support from drivers passing by.

The protesters say they were speaking out against illegal immigration, amnesty, and the increase in children crossing the border illegally.

'We are out here in the attempt to wake America up,' said Michelle Roisum as he held a sign reading 'Secure Our Border.'

There was a similar scene in Arlington on Friday.

A bridge divided groups of protesters on both sides of the border crisis debate and those in favor and opposed to Dallas County's decision to temporarily house more than 2,000 unaccompanied children who crossed into the United States illegally.

'It's a sad state of affairs for those kids, but it's not our job to take care of them,' Roisum said. 'They need to be sent back to the countries they came from.'

The demonstrations across North Texas were part of a two days of national protesting against immigration reform.

'We are drawing those poor children here promising them something, so that's wrong,' said Frank Calli of Overpasses for America.

As groups spent the afternoon and evening protesting, FEMA and its contractors were busy working to turn three Dallas County sites into temporary shelters for the detained young immigrants.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he hopes the children will arrive by the end of July 2014. Fire department administrators believe that date is too ambitious for the old Lamar School site in Grand Prairie.

'Absolutely not. It will not happen by the end of July,' said Chief Robert Fite of the Grand Prairie Fire Department. Fite says he doesn't believe the time frame is realistic, since safety updates still need to be done in the old Lamar school building.

'We're already on July 17 or 18. We're two weeks to the end of the month,' Fite said. 'It's going to take two weeks to design and plan systems.'

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