Kwasman leads premature bus blockage

2014-07-15T19:25:00Z 2014-07-24T13:52:31Z Kwasman leads premature bus blockageBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Congressional District 1 candidate Adam Kwasman had started the morning telling a Tucson radio station he was going to “stand up to amnesty” and joined protesters opposed to plans to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant minors in Oracle.

By the end of the day Kwasman found himself apologizing when he mistakenly believed he saw scared immigrant children mostly from central America countries passing through the protest area on two yellow buses.  

The buses were actually filled with children from Marana going to a YMCA camp, Channel 12 News anchor Brahm Resnik immediately pointed out to the Republican congressional candidate.

Kwasman would go back to Twitter to issue an apology, as well as delete a tweet he had sent out shortly before the buses passed by the protestors. 

"This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law," Kwasman wrote on Twitter, before later deleting it.

Different tweets he made on Tuesday remain visible on the social media site but Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops Project has preserved his first tweet.

"Last tweet not the bus of illegal immigrant children. Thank God," he tweeted. "I apologize for the confusion. That was my error."

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu warned residents last week that immigrant children from Central America caught crossing the border illegally would be placed at the Sycamore Canyon Academy in Oracle.

Protesters were hoping to mirror demonstrations in Murrieta, California, when immigrants were taken there recently.

It was confirmed later this afternoon by the Department of Health and Human Services that the expected immigrant children would not arrive in Oracle on Tuesday. 

Kwasman is running against House Speaker Andy Tobin and small business owner Gary Kiehne in the GOP primary for CD1.

The winner will face incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat, this November in the general election. 

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@tucson.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson

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