Update Feb. 3: Leo Hohmann at WND has a more detailed account of what happened in Montana, here.
***Update*** National Public Radio has a headline story that reports ACT for America’s role at the rally, see it here.
We told you here that a demonstration was planned for the steps of the county court house yesterday and here are a couple of news reports on how it went.
I don’t have much time today to do this story justice, but wanted you to have a quick summary.
Organizers were very happy with the turnout of around 100-125 people including a small contingent who came over from Sandpoint, Idaho (we reported on their situation here). Almost 20,000 viewed that post on facebook!
From The Missoulian:
Missoula became a center of the anti-refugee settlement movement Monday morning as more than 100 people from across the state and Idaho took to the snow-lined sidewalk in front of the Missoula County Courthouse to decry what they see as a national threat.
“Right now, we’re locked in a battle to protect our security, to protect our country,” said organizer Jim Buterbaugh of Whitehall. “We are fighting the system, trying to head this thing off at the pass.”
Dubbed the “American Security Rally,” Buterbaugh expressed amazement at the turnout.
Only six activists in support of seeding Montana with refugees were present.
The specter of Amarillo was raised!
One new Montana resident came from that refugee overloaded city of Amarillo, TX and warned Montanans what they face if they go forward with ‘welcoming’ refugees. Take a minute and read our recent post on Amarillo being destroyed and how the mayor has no power to stop it! (This Amarillo post was viewed on facebook by over 17,000 readers! and was our top post by far for the month of January.)
From KVGO News Talk:
….one speaker, Karen Sherman, who told KGVO News she just moved to Missoula from Amarillo, Texas, shared the problems her hometown has faced with massive immigration.
“Amarillo is overrun with refugees,” Sherman said. “Our city is failing because of the refugees. We have 22 different languages spoken in our schools, We’ve got 42 different languages being fielded by our 9-1-1 call centers, and crime is just through the roof. We need to exercise caution, especially for the sake of our children.
It is heartening to see that people who have had experience with refugee colonization, or who are fighting resettlement elsewhere are working together and helping each other!