The Lehigh Valley Tea Party spent much of their day last Sunday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania screaming anti-immigration slogans outside a KidsPeace, International crisis housing facility that will temporarily house 72 undocumented minors. The facility is used primarily shelter at-risk youths who have been displaced and need supportive housing while transitioning to foster homes or therapeutic programs.

KidsPeace, International has provided traumatized children mental health counseling, behavioral therapy, and foster care and community outreach for the past 121 years in the United States. Most often, they cater to at-risk, poor urban youths in crisis. They offer a myriad of services dedicated to “healing and addressing the unique mental and behavioral health care needs of children experiencing severe crises.” The nonprofit works with thousands of families and youths across America, helping them cope with difficult conditions such as autism and helping children cope when entering the foster care system.

From their website: “KidsPeace professionals bring services such as therapy, life and parenting skills training, problem solving, education and self-esteem building to children and families in their homes. Other counselors visit public schools to assist guidance staff. And each day, KidsPeace vans pick up children after school and bring them to community programs for therapy, supervision, recreation, educational support and a nutritious meal.”

KidsPeace also has a government contract for crisis housing, which is what brought roughly 80 members of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party to stand and shout outside their doors last Sunday to protest the temporary housing of undocumented minors. The crisis housing is meant to be a temporary reprieve from the stresses of mental illness, domestic violence, and other crises and provide a sense of security to the kids it houses – regardless of their race, age, economic status or background.

The Lehigh Tea Party thought the crisis housing was a good place to make a statement. “We want those children back with their parents where they belong,” said local protester Paul Saunders. “Their parents need to make their countries safe for them to be in those countries.”

Like most of the recent anti-immigrant protests led by the Tea Party, it’s unclear what exactly the protest meant to accomplish.

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  • raypc800

    Leave it to the Tea Party to show all of the emotional traumatized children how adults are suppose to act.

  • ORAXX

    All too often, the tea party crowd also tends to make way too much noise about their christianity.

    • camp50

      It’s the work ethic of so-called Tea Party members which puts food on your table, clothes on your back and a roof over your head.

      • That has to actually be the dumbest comment I’ve seen on this article

        Do you pay this website’s hosting bill, too? Are you picking up the tab for our template and site design?

  • Morgan Sheridan

    “Like most of the recent anti-immigrant protests led by the Tea Party, it’s unclear what exactly the protest meant to accomplish.”

    1. Make sure they convey what the Ugly American is all about.
    2. Ensure the world knows they’re cruel and vicious toward the most vulnerable and defenseless.
    3. Prove their ignorance.
    4. ___Fill in the blank ____

    • camp50

      The protest was an attempt to draw attention to the executive order of our President which effectively green lighted an open borders agenda.

      • Okay, and how exactly did that work out? Ya’ll DO understand that severely abused kids (born and raised in America) are in those housing complexes, and that the nonprofit KidsPeace is a social service organization that has been helping abused and disabled kids for over 100 years?

        So how did your protest HELP your community, other than the fact that it brought people together to counter-protest? Do you really want to harass and scare already traumatized kids?