Rep. O’Rourke meeting families at the Rio Grande.
El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke will cap off a busy week in the Borderland with a town hall meeting on Monday.
Last week Rep. O’Rourke made his way back to El Paso to attend two very important events, one in the middle of the Rio Grande and the other at Fort Bliss.
O’Rourke was on hand as families from both sides of the border were reunited – for a brief 3 minutes – at the international border, in the middle of the channel that contains the Rio Grande. In the mud-lined riverbed, families hugged prayed and shared their stories. Many at the event had not seen their family members in years.
“This was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever had a chance to be a part of. I’m grateful to the Border Network for Human Rights for organizing it and to the Border Patrol for facilitating it,” O’Rourke stated.
He added, “This is why we need to fix our immigration system. These families prove that we don’t have to be afraid of Mexico, of Mexicans, or of immigrants. They prove that we need to stop separating each other. We don’t need walls. We need to be good to each other, treat each other with dignity, and realize each person and every family has value and is valuable to us as a country.”
O’Rourke also visited Fort Bliss, that just concluded their first first Army Warfighting Assessment (AWA).
During the military exercise, the Army puts new technology in the hands of soldiers for testing, who then get to make suggestions on how to improve equipment and help decide if it should go in the field for the entire Army.
“When we send our soldiers to war it should be with the best possible equipment, that is the idea behind the Army Warfighting Assessment,” O’Rourke said, “I’m grateful for the work of Major General Pat White, Major General Terrence McKenrick who leads the Brigade Modernization Command, the men and women who serve under them, and units from our partner nations who helped make AWA a success.”
Now O’Rourke hosts his town hall on Monday, November 7th, at the El Paso Public Library Dorris Van Doren Branch (551 E Redd Rd) from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
O’Rourke welcomes residents to the town hall so that, in his words, “residents can get an update on my work, take questions, suggestions and ideas on how I can do a better job.”