Immigration Town Halls Getting Heated

Via The Topeka Capital-Journal:

A discussion about immigration grew heated during a town hall forum hosted Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., culminating in a Kansas City pastor being shouted down.

Rev. Jason Schoff, of Mission Adelante, rose to tell Jenkins he was “concerned about the human condition with the immigration piece.” He asked Jenkins if she would support halting deportations of the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally if they haven’t committed felonies.

“We’ve got to secure the borders, but we’ve also got to make sure that somehow we’re taking care of those that are humans and immigrants here and try to give them a way to not fear deportation,” Schoff said. “A lot of our businesses need them.”

Schoff’s comments weren’t well received by many in the standing-room-only crowd of about 100 in a ballroom at Topeka’s Ramada West. As he was speaking, grumbling turned to shouts of “They’re illegal,” “They broke the law when they crossed the border,” and one person yelling for Schoff to “sit down.”


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