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Protesters Hit Streets of Chicopee to Rally Against Illegal Immigrants

Protest in Chicopee, MA

Protest in Chicopee, MA

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — More than 50 people came to Chicopee to protest against bringing the burden of illegal immigrants to Westover Air Reserve Base.

‘The U.S. needs to take care of our own children’ and ‘Shame on you Governor Patrick’ were a few of the signs held today on the Memorial Drive Rotary.

“We  believe that the money being spent on these children are better spent on our veterans,” said Mary Lou Guranera from South Hadley. “They are jobless. They are homeless. They are without medical care because of the government failure and our money needs to go to those people first. We need to take care of our own children.”

Other concerns ranged from health risks the children may have to how secure the base will be.

“We can only do so much for taxpayers in this area for people who aren’t from this area. This basically is a failed policy at the federal level that the people in this area are going to pay the price for,” said Nathan Bech from West Springfield.

Another unlikely supporter of the protest was a man who really understands what the children are going through. He was an illegal immigrant from Poland.

“I came over in 1960 with the whole family. We all became citizens.” said Richard Gadecki from Chicopee. “I feel that other people coming over should do the right thing and do it in the right perspective.”

The law allows children from Central America to be temporarily housed in the U.S. Louis Croll, an opponent of the rally, thinks the children should be able to stay in Chicopee.

“I see absolutely no problem,” Louis said.

The rally was a grassroots effort started on Facebook. The unaccompanied minors ages range from 3-17 years old. The protesters are worried that this group of children won’t be the last.

Protest in Chicopee, MA

Protest in Chicopee, MA

Protest in Chicopee, MA

Protest in Chicopee, MA

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