Opponents of a local law cracking down on illegal immigrants clashed on Sunday with residents chanting “go home” as both sides proclaimed their loyalty to the United States.
An estimated 300 to 400 people gathered outside the town hall to protest a recently passed ordinance that bans hiring or renting to illegal immigrants, who are accused of overburdening local services such as schools and hospitals without paying taxes.
The protesters, representing the largely Brazilian immigrant community of Riverside, were heckled by about 500 counter-demonstrators kept at bay by police on the other side of the town’s main intersection.
As immigration supporters accused the town’s council of racism, opponents chanted “USA, USA” and waved placards saying “Scram” and “Stop Illegal Immigration.” A passing pickup truck drew loud cheers by flying a Confederate flag with the motto “The South Will Rise Again.”
I like that last part. The South will rise again–in New Jersey?
Update: Apparently there was a secret pact between New Jersey and the Confederacy heretofore unknown to historians. More here.