Arizona politician mistakes a bus full of YMCA kids for undocumented immigrants

(Politwoops/Sunlight Foundation/Twitter)
That's a bus full of YMCA campers. (Politwoops/Sunlight Foundation/Twitter)

We may have reached peak political theater near the U.S.-Mexico border. According to AZcentral.com, Arizona state Rep. and 1st district congressional candidate Adam Kwasman (R) rushed to the scene in Oracle, Ariz., on Tuesday to participate in protests against housing some of the thousands of undocumented immigrant children who have come across the border in recent weeks in a facility nearby. Kwasman was in the middle of a fiery speech about "Lady Justice" when he spotted a yellow school bus and dashed off with the protesters to greet it. He snapped a picture which he tweeted with he message "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." "I was able to actually see some of the children in the buses and the fear on their faces. This is not compassion," Kwasman told 12 News reporter Brahm Resnik. There was just one problem: Those weren't undocumented kids. They were YMCA campers from the Marana Arizona school district. Kwasman later deleted his tweet, which was archived by the Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops Web site. When a reporter confronted him with, well, the facts, he insisted that whether the kids were immigrants or just children on their way to a field trip, he saw sadness in their eyes. "They were sad too," Kwasman noted. According to AZ Central, reporters on the scene noted the busload of children taking photos of the media circus as they drove by. The entire exchange is worth watching:

Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at abby.phillip@washpost.com. On Twitter: @abbydphillip
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