Arizona Republican Confronts YMCA Campers' Bus, Mistakes Them For Migrant Kids

State legislator and would-be congressional candidate Adam Kwasman ran with a crowd of rowdy anti-immigration protesters to intercept a school bus full of migrant children yesterday morning near Phoenix. The only problem? The bus was filled with kids on their way to a YMCA camp.
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Probably not the way Kwasman had envisioned his photo-op to go for CNN yesterday with the other rabid anti-immigrant protesters, as Kwasman attempts to become the GOP candidate to take on Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona's 1st congressional district.

via Arizona Central

Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the protest in Oracle over the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children at a shelter.

He had tweeted from the scene, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." He included a photo of the back of a yellow school bus.

Kwasman later told me he saw the migrant children. "I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces.... This is not compassion," he said.

But there was a problem with Kwasman's story: There was no fear on their faces. Those weren't the migrant children in the school bus. Those were children from the Marana school district. They were heading to the YMCA's Triangle Y Camp, not far from the Rite of Passage shelter for the migrants, at the base of Mt. Lemmon.

12 News reporter Will Pitts, who is at the protest scene, says he saw the children laughing and taking pictures of the media.


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