DALLAS Opponents of amnesty for the 2,000 undocumented minors now in U.S. custody took their frustrations to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins; front door on Saturday literally.
The protest was organized by the national organization Overpasses for America. As more than a dozen marched, several Highland Park police officers stood watch, one posted on the front stoop of the judge's home.
'It is a point of sending a message: That large groups of uninvited strangers in the neighborhood is not what most people would like,' said Michael Openshaw with the North Texas Tea Party.
Organizers of the demonstration said they knew the judge and his family would be out of town on vacation, and said the move was not made to intimidate the judge, but was instead a symbolic gesture.
Across town, volunteers were motivated by the same cause, but sending a different message one of amnesty.
Organized via social media, Cyndi Cole was behind Operation Matthew 25 to welcome the Central American children to Dallas County. On Saturday, her message was delivered in man-hours. Close to 50 volunteers packed welcome boxes for the children with donated items ranging from basic hygiene products to games.
'We need to make sure that they know that the people around them care,' Cole said. 'There are ways to help. If I can sit at my kitchen table, and make this happen, there are lots of ways to help.'
While the volunteers and their children packed, Michael Openshaw continued to march.
'We should treat them, feed them, clothe them, and send them back as soon as possible,' he said.