Park Service allows immigration rally on 'closed' National Mall
(CNN) - Despite the closure of the National Mall and monuments during the partial government shutdown, immigration advocates are holding a rally and concert. And some conservatives are crying foul.
The protestors, who are holding a march in favor of comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday, which is stalled in a stalemated Congress, are allowed to rally on the closed mall under their First Amendment rights, the National Park Service told CNN.
"Under the same First Amendment rights that are allowing Honor Flight veterans and their families to visit the veterans memorials on the National Mall, other groups will be granted access to the park for First amendement activities," spokesman Michael Litterst said.
Conservative groups have voiced outrage that the rally is allowed to take place. They said there is a double standard as veterans were locked out of the World War II Memorial last week after the government shutdown.
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It's official, "our" government has absolutely lost their collective minds. Nothing said or done for closing a memorial depicting the sacrifice of surviving, killed, maimed and missing veterans, not even an apology but a rally for illegal immigrants is just fine. There is nothing this group of misfits can do or say to make me think positive about "our" government anymore. So much for checks and balances. If there are any politicians in there that actually give a shit they are too few and far between to do any good. These assholes are just doing whatever they please and "We the People" are powerless to stop them. It's downhill in a hurricane from here folks. Even an entirely newly elected government would be forever trying to straighten this mess out.