CLARK, NJ – It’s election season, and one Clark resident is taking a visible stance on a national issue he feels strongly about.
Vic DeMarzo has placed a fence in his front yard. On one side of it is a Trump for President sign; on the other is a lawn statue he calls Paco. Paco wears a sombrero and a serape. Next to him is another sign that reads "Coming to America."
“I’m not implying any one ethnic group,” DeMarzo said. “Let’s say anyone from ‘south of the border.’ I’m not doing it to cause trouble. I just want to get my message across.”
DeMarzo feels that immigration is big issue in the upcoming election, and he’s backing the man who would build a wall. He, like Trump, endorses deportation.
“What this resident doesn't understand is that what 'makes America great' is our policy of inclusion, not exclusion,” Clark resident and Democrat Nancy Sheridan said. “We can support a rational immigration policy without this kind of divisive display. Immigration reform must come through Congress. Little statues that demean an entire nationality of people do no good and don't reflect who we are.”
DeMarzo was born and raised in Newark, the grandson of an Italian immigrant. He thinks that immigrants who enter the country the “right way” – through legal channels – can stay.
“I got fed up with illegal immigration,” DeMarzo said. “Illegal immigration is an insult to the people who did it the right way. Doesn’t anybody understand the word ‘illegal?’”
“My grandfather came through Ellis Island in 1898,” DeMarzo continued. “He brought five children with him and had 11 more when he got here. He was a housepainter in Italy and he was a housepainter here. If it wasn’t for immigrants we wouldn’t have this great country.”
DeMarzo knows that some people might find his display offensive, but he doesn’t have any intention of removing it. “One man stopped his car,” DeMarzo said. “He was upset, said I was stirring the pot. He was offended.” DeMarzo shooed him off his property, citing the First Amendment and the right to do what he wants on his property.
But just to be on the safe side, DeMarzo moved his display a little closer to the house.