GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — While Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers quoted Jesus at a press conference in the State Capitol, Tammy Brown of Cozad stood beside Interstate 80 holding a sign that said “Close the Borders” Friday morning.

As Chambers quoted the Statue of Liberty’s welcoming poem, Brown worried about the diseases that could come with the 214 unaccompanied immigrant children that have been picked up at the southern U.S. border since October and placed in Nebraska.

Brown joined a group of about 10 Nebraskans who held flags and signs protesting the recent surge of illegal immigrants — particularly Central American children — overwhelming the nation’s border and Texas facilities.