We're a bit closer to the highway, so to speak, than Kentucky; whole families drop in here (or used to before H.R. 1804), children grown, as if to say "We're here! Deal with us!"
Not exactly the kind of thing that engenders sympathy. While I might have been confused about why they weren't welcomed and supported in the community, being that we're the buckle of the bible belt, the recent discussions with self-proclaimed Christians pretty much answers any questions I had.
You haven't seen the horse or tobacco industries lately have you?
We have the same thing. "We're here, deal with us". Most around here do. And most of them are very easy to deal with, once you get to know them.