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Dozens protest in downtown Tucson over illegal immigration

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Approximately 150,000 illegal immigrants, most of them from Central America, converging on the U.S. border over the last nine months has created a lot of tension and backlash across the United States.

"The invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation.. is an act of war," says local protester Duke Schechter, one of dozens of protesters who demonstrated outside the Mexican Consulate's office downtown Friday.

"We're concerned about it for our families, too," says event organizer Roy Warden.

"I’m not necessarily protesting immigration," says another protestor who identified himself as Parker. "I'm only protesting the invasion of mass numbers of illegal aliens that come into the country and live off the system."

It's an opinion shared by most of the protesters gathered outside the Mexican Consulate because of Mexico's perceived failure stopping illegal immigration to the United States.

"Insofar as their resources allow... they very aggressively try to protect their southern border while at the same time they expect us to keep our southern border open," Roy Warden says. "You see a great hypocrisy there."

One nameless protestor offered this in reference to Central American parents who've sent their unaccompanied children to the United States:

"Any adult who sends their children across the border -- never mind child abuse -- how could you possibly love a child?" he says.

But as with most protests -- not everybody feels that way.

"Every mother loves their child just as much as the Mexican or Honduran mother loves her child," says counter protestor Terry Higuera, a life-long Tucson citizen.

"I brought my Arizona flag because my family was here before it was a state," says one counter protestor named Carlos. "I brought my flag here that's welcoming people."

"Politics aside, these are innocent children that need to be cared for; they need to be clothed; they need to be fed and they need to be sheltered," Higuera says, holding a "What would Jesus do?" poster. "And we need to work all this out and stop all this nonsense and this hate language that's going on."

This was one of 300 protests nationwide taking place this weekend.

Here in Arizona that includes two in Phoenix, one in Kingman and another in Oracle.

That one starts on Saturday at 8 am.

Based on everything's that unfolded in Oracle this week, that event should be pretty well attended.

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