Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have crossed the border into the U.S. in recent months, many of them fleeing terrible situations back home. In many cases, they’ve received a warm welcome–even from Glenn Beck! And in other cases, they’ve been greeted with protests, hateful rhetoric, and now–misspelled anti-immigrant graffiti here in Baltimore.
According to the Baltimore Sun, a vandal spraypainted a former Army Reserve Center with two anti-immigrant phrases: NO ILLEAGLES HERE, NO UNDOCUMENTED DEMOCRATS. Unless you believe that the culprit is really upset about disease-bearing raptors, presumably he or she was protesting against the fact that the Carroll County building had been under consideration as a temporary home for some of the children.
There’s a lot to be embarrassed about here. Firstly, the spelling; secondly, the fact that the graffiti appeared after the site had already been rejected as a potential shelter; and thirdly–and most importantly–because that kind of sentiment goes against the very principles that this country was founded on.
Or maybe this is what they meant to say? (h/t @darth for the joke…)