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#GreenShirtGuy speaks for many through laughter at anti-immigrant protest

The laughing man is Alex Kack, a Tucson-area comedian and activist.

 

Kahron Spearman

Internet Culture

Published Aug 7, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 7:04 am CDT

At a Tucson, Arizona, city council meeting yesterday, officials voted to put a sanctuary city measure on the upcoming November ballot, requiring the city to fully enforce protections for immigrants.

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The vote received pushback at the hearing though, and one man’s reaction to it is now a symbol of the fight.

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Meet #GreenShirtGuy.

Tucson previously declared itself an “immigrant-welcoming city” in 2012. However, a group of residents is charging the city to fully enforce the sanctuary city designation, which offers protections for undocumented workers.

That is receiving resistance from the local Republican Party.

At Tuesday’s meeting, a vocal pro-Trump couple opposed the “sanctuary city” vote, holding up a pair of signs that read, “Respect Our Laws or We Will Deport You! No Sanctuary For Criminals!”

A woman in a “Make America Great Again” cap also yelled at the attendees and police needed to be called in to calm the audience.

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However, what caught social media’s attention was the man in the green shirt, activist and comedian Alex Kack, who was filmed by KVOA News 4 in Tucson, laughing at the couple.

#GreenShirtGuy was quickly born.

Overnight, he’s become a beacon of joy for anti-Donald Trump folks.

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He’s caught wind of the hype and is grateful for it.

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*First Published: Aug 7, 2019, 1:23 pm CDT