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'I’m tired of being called racist'

Zoe Greszler • Jun 11, 2018 at 9:43 PM

Among those in attendance Monday at Suhr Park were counter-protestors, those supporting the immigration raids that took place at the area garden centers.

For Norwalk resident Esther Viock, the counter-protest wasn’t about fighting against race or families. It was about those breaking the law and needing to deal with the consequences. 

“I’m not racist,” Viock said. “I’m tired of being called racist. Because you don’t support people being here, you’re called racist. It doesn’t matter from what country you are or what color you are. If you’re here illegally, you’re here illegally. This is only (getting so much attention) because it was a bunch of Mexicans. What are they going to do when they go down to the mucks in Willard? Because that’s going to come next.

“Everybody is rallying around because it was just a bunch of Mexicans,” she added. “But if it was white people from different countries, it would be a whole different story. Nobody says anything in the news how there are white people being deported back to their own lands because they were illegal.”

Viock said she believes the United States is doing immigrants a service by sending them back, one that isn’t afforded to people in many other countries.

“Now if we go to these other countries and we’re illegal, we’re just going to be locked up in prison and (they’ll throw) away the key,” she said.

“We don’t get the courtesy of being deported back to America. They at least have the courtesy of being deport back to their own country. I’m supposed to feel bad because they came here illegally and started a whole family? Both people — the legal parent and the illegal parent — that’s their consequence of having kids together in a country and then making (the child) a legal citizen, knowing that they’re not doing things the right way. I’m not going to feel sorry for that. It’s your consequences of your actions and both of you knew that.”

Tony Jester, of Norwalk, said the issue gets under his skin because jobs are going to undocumented workers when he said he’s unable to get a job as a first-time felon resulting from a crime he committed 20 years ago. 

“I’m a first-time felon. I’m an American citizen. I can’t get a job,” he said.

“My point is, all these (people) going around here — undocumented workers, illegal workers cross our borders illegally and they’re all worried about that and I can’t get a job because I’m a first-time felon. My point is, you give American first-time felons a job before you give undocumented workers (a job).”

Viock, agreed, saying what the undocumented workers did was a felony.

“And they always want to say it’s not a crime problem,” she said.

“Well, if you pay attention to anything, especially with our drug problem, the drugs go from China to Mexico, from Mexico to here. The really big heroin problem started in Willard, Ohio where the Mexicans are from and where the Mexicans were at every summer and a lot are illegal.

“I mean some of them do bring some bad with them, they just don’t get caught,” she added. “A lot of Mexicans aren’t here to make a better life. It’s because they go back home after the summers are over and have a lot more money — because American money is worth more than Mexican money and they get rich basically and then go back home to their families. It’s not just them, it’s any color.”

Jester said he decided to attend the event to voice his opinion in peace.

“I’m here for peace,” he said. “I’m just standing up for Donald Trump. What he’s doing is right.

“I feel bad for the kids, because the kids have nothing to do with this,” he added. “But the parents, if they want to come back, then get the proper paperwork. I have no problem with people coming into this country — just get the proper paperwork. “

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