On one corner of a downtown Grand Junction intersection, about two dozen Grand Valley residents made it known Friday they don't want thousands of Central Americans working their way through Mexico to enter the U.S.

Waving signs that read "Stop The Invasion" and "America First," the ralliers said the migrants should be turned back.

"We're here to show support for Donald Trump and his policies," said Marjorie Haun.

On another corner of the same intersection at Rood Avenue and Fifth Street, a crowd of local residents of nearly similar size was saying the opposite.

Holding signs of their own, the counter-protesters said while they also want to see migrant workers be allowed to enter the nation legally, Trump's policies seem to try to prevent that from happening.

"These are people who are seeking a better way of life," said Rev. Jeffery Dodson, senior minister of the First Congregational United Church. "People who are angry about it, I don't get where that anger comes from. I think there's room for everyone."

Members from each of the two sides clashed a bit a few times during the two-hour event, but it remained relatively peaceful, with people on each side saying the other had a right to their own views on the matter.

"This is America," Haun said.

Dobson said while the Trump administration has sought to secure the border from immigrants entering the country illegally, the president also has made it harder for those to enter the nation legally, too.

In recent months, numerous business owners, farmers and ranchers have beseeched the administration to increase the number of visas allowed for them to hire the service and migrant workers they need to stay in business.

The administration responded by increasing some visas, but not enough to serve those businesses' needs, Dodson said.

"The problem lies within our particular system of immigration," he said. "It's mucky, it's messy. We have to fix the system. When you narrow the door, tighten the gates and then complain that all these people are crying out to come in and you say, 'Do it legally," but you cinch the way of doing that, it makes no sense."

The rally-goers, however, say people in the migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. believe they can come in without doing so legally, blaming Democrats for adopting so-called sanctuary policies that make them believe they are welcome.

Trump has already told the migrants in the caravan, who primarily hail from Honduras and Guatemala, to turn around and apply for entry. He also has said he will send military troops to the border to ensure no one enters illegally.

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