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Arizona Republican Running for National Office Confuses YMCA Bus for Migrant Children

Adam Kwasman is a proud Arizona conservative currently seeking the Republican nomination for House of Representatives. In an appearance at a fundraising dinner back in April, he promised to be “a warrior” in Washington, and turn back the tide of “mealy-mouthed, go-along to get-along, ‘I love being a politican,’ Washington politics-as-usual.”

According to azcentral.com, when a protest arose in Oracle, Arizona “over the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children,” Kwasman “raced” to the scene. He tweeted (and later, deleted) a picture of a yellow school bus and wrote, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.” Speaking to reporter Brahm Resnik, Kwasman said, “I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces….”

Resnik seemed amused on the Arizona Nightly News when he informed Kwasman that rather than being filled with migrant children, the bus was actually full of YMCA campers from a local school district. Kwasman replied to that, “they were sad, too!” Later, via Twitter, Kwasman admitted his mistake taking “full responsibility” for my error.

Reskin reported that the children on the bus were pretty amused by the protest and were “taking pictures with their iPhones.” Apparently, the migrant children weren’t even headed to the shelter according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Still, Kwasman’s position on immigration is certainly a troubling one. Political blog Arizona’s Politics reported in April that Kwasman was getting fundraising help from none other than xenophobic Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has garnered national attention for his anti-immigrant views and for his treatment of prisoners. Kwasman is also backed by Freedomworks USA and Americans for Prosperity, the political action committee funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers.

Hopefully, the next time this “warrior” runs headlong into “battle,” he will make a better effort to know who he is supposed to be fighting.

About the author

Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.