NAPLES, Fla. - Members of the Naples Tea Party group have become a fixture in streetside protests but instead of the group's usual tax message Saturday, they rallied on immigration reform.
Naples Tea Party organizer Barry Willoughby spoke from the steps of the Naples Courthouse.
"We are here today in support of the new Arizona Immigration law," said Willoughby.
The hot topic, Arizona now requires all immigrants to carry alien registration documents. The new law also makes it easier for law enforcement to question people they believe may be in the United States illegally. Party supporter Bill Trapeni says he hopes the law will lead to tighter border security.
"If the government can't do the right thing, then the states are going to have to do it because they're not living up to the constitution, they're supposed to be protecting our borders and they're not, and I'm damn mad about it," said Trapeni
In a recent press conference, President Barack Obama called the law misguided because it "undermined basic notions of fairness", and said it may have negative civil rights implications. Willoughby agrees the issue is complex, but says something needs to be done.
"I'm not saying that you go out and just ship everybody back. I think there has to be a process, but we have to deal with it, but first we have to seal our border and we have to follow the law," said Willoughby.
"That's why I'm here, Arizona is a problem, so is the debt in America, it's having to support people who really don't belong here," said party supporter Wally Peter.