Arkansas bikers join nationwide immigration protest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The debate over recent waves of Central American immigrant children reached the Arkansas Capitol Saturday.

Bikers, spurred by a nationwide call, rode their motorcycles through the streets of Little Rock protesting what they say is the government's failure to secure the border. Event organizers started at War Memorial Stadium then rolled through town, notably past the Mexican consulate before gathering at the steps of the state capitol.

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"We are here in Little Rock, Arkansas, making a statement with our machines and not our mouths," declared ride organizer Colin Wetherelt. "We have a concern, and we expect them to address that concern."

Wetherelt's group expects to bring their concerns directly to Washington. They also expect to be joined by thousands of other protestors like the ones showing up in places like Dallas Friday. The rides come as lawmakers debate what to do with the thousands of children awaiting deportation.

While pro-immigration supporters were not readily available during the bike ride, many have shown up in dueling immigrations rallies across the country within the past month, most notably in Murrieta, California; Houston, Texas; and Washington, D.C.

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President Obama is requesting $3.7 billion in emergency spending with $300 million designated to help the Central American governments repatriate the migrants that are sent back.


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