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  • Anti-illegal immigration protest held in Hesperia

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  • HESPERIA — Dozens in Hesperia demonstrated Saturday afternoon in opposition of illegal immigration and the recent surge of undocumented children coming from Central America.
    The protesters lined the Interstate 15 overpass on Main Street in Hesperia holding signs and large American flags.
    One sign read “Stop breaking up families, send the ‘children’ home.” Another person held a yellow Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, which originated during the American Revolution and in recent years has become a symbol of the tea party movement.
    The demonstration was one of hundreds scheduled to occur across the country on highway overpasses, outside state capitol buildings and Mexican consulates “in defense of America’s borders,” according to national media reports. A coalition of three groups called Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, Overpasses for America and Make Them Listen are largely leading the charge.
    Thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to escape violence or poverty in their home countries have overwhelmed American Border Patrol agents in recent months, according to media reports. The number of migrant children is expected to spike by 90 percent in fiscal year 2014, and could reach as high as 90,000, according to a report by the Brookings institute.
    Brooke Self may be reached at 760-951-6232 or BSelf@VVDailyPress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @BrookeSelf or @DPEduNews.
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