During a “bipartisan, bilingual, binational” rally, U.S. Reps. Will Hurd and Joaquin Castro spoke out against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
In sweltering heat, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd and the mayors of the border towns of Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña held hands — presumably sweaty ones — with residents from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday. It was a gesture they hoped would represent the unity and interdependency between their cities.
About 150 people joined Hurd and the mayors in a “bilingual, binational, bipartisan” rally at the International Bridge, which connects both towns, in an event during which the Helotes Republican reaffirmed his position against President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Hurd said his time as a CIA officer taught him that “building a wall from sea to shining sea” is not going to secure communities. Rather, he said, working together “against your common threat” will make Mexico and the U.S. safer.
“As the member of Congress who has the most border … this is a message I take to Washington,” he said. “I’ve been trying to bring my colleagues down to the border as well. A lot of folks who talk about the border have never seen the border.”
The border rally was billed as a “demonstration of unity” between both countries. Mayors Hector Arocha from Ciudad Acuña and Robert Garza from Del Río encouraged crowds on both sides of the border to remain supportive and understanding of each other.
An hour into the rally, most of the attendees walked part of the bridge and held hands, forming a human chain as mariachis played in the background.
While the human chain formed, crowd members joked about how this is the kind of barrier they want on the U.S.-Mexico border, instead of Trump’s proposed wall. After a few pictures, residents from both sides of the border shared paletas and drinks with the Rio Grande River and some U.S. Border Patrol pickup trucks in the background.
During his speech, Hurd said, in Spanish, that a lot of people who talk about the border don’t recognize or don’t realize that Ciudad Acuña and Del Río aren’t just two cities, but “a community.” He thanked U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, for being at the rally. Citing his famous road trip to Washington, D.C., with El Paso Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke earlier this month, Hurd said bipartisanship isn’t a “dirty word.”
“People are expecting us to focus on what unites us, not what divides us,” said Hurd, who returned to Texas this weekend after U.S. House
Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act — the supposed GOP replacement from Obamacare — from consideration on Friday when there weren’t enough votes to pass it. “We can disagree without being disagreeable.”
Castro also emphasized the important relationship between Ciudad Acuña and Del Río. Trump’s criticisms of Mexican immigrants, he said, only hurt the relationship between both countries.
“This is a place that makes a big difference to our country and we have to make sure that people understand that the prosperity of our nations depends on the success of each other,” he said.
Garza, the Del Rio mayor, said the International Bridge brings $7 million annually in revenue for his city, mostly due to the trade partnership between Ciudad Acuña.
“It is my hope and desire that all of our efforts be focused on building bridges and not walls,” Garza said.
As the Trump Administration moves ahead with its plans for a barrier just north of the Rio Grande, Texans are weighing in on how the president should approach the project. And the ideas range from the comical to the practical.
U.S. Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O’Rourke — a Republican and a Democrat from Texas, respectively — arrived at the U.S. Capitol after a two-day trek from San Antonio that drew thousands of fans.
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Congressman Beto O’Rourke took to the floor of the House Tuesday night to challenge the notion that the nation needs a wall and that the border is dangerous.
Citing immigration numbers showing more Mexican Nationals returning to Mexico rather than coming to the, US and lauding the efforts of Border Patrol agents, O’Rourke passionately defended the border and El Paso.
San Antonio, TX – Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd released the following statement regarding President Trump’s border security Executive Order:
The facts have not changed. Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border. Each section of the border faces unique geographical, cultural, and technological challenges that would be best addressed with a flexible, sector-by-sector approach that empowers the agents on the ground with the resources they need.
A wall may be an effective tool in densely populated areas, but a variety of tools are needed between Brownsville, Texas and San Diego, California. The 23rd District of Texas, which I represent has over 800 miles of the border, more than any other Member of Congress, and it is impossible to build a physical wall in much of its terrain.
Big Bend National Park and many areas in my district are perfect examples of where a wall is unnecessary and would negatively impact the environment, private property rights and economy.
There is no question that we must secure our border, but we need an intelligence-led approach in order to effectively combat the 19 criminal organizations currently operating in Mexico.
NEW MEXICO – U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to New Mexico Stations in the El Paso Sector seized almost $183,000 in marijuana, recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a convicted child molester over the weekend period.
Late Friday night, agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 10 just west of Las Cruces were alerted to a possible stolen vehicle. The Agent referred the U.S Citizen driver, Eduardo Perez, 24 and his U.S. Citizen passenger, Luis Gordon Dominguez, 21, to secondary inspection.
A records checks revealed that the 2011 Nissan Titan truck that the subjects were in was reported stolen from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. New Mexico State Police took custody of both individuals in addition to the truck.
Then on Sunday morning, Lordsburg Agents using night vision technology near the Arizona border located and detained three subjects carrying large backpacks. The backpacks contained 145 pounds of marijuana valued at $116, 240.
The three were identified as: 24-year-old Tomas Silva-Flaco of Mexico, 18-year-old Vidal Gonzalez-Armendaris of Mexico, and 22-year-old Oracio Ramos-Palmas of Mexico. Each of the men freely admitted to their Mexican nationality.
The marijuana and the subjects were taken to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station pending prosecution by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Later that same day, Santa Teresa Agents apprehended eight subjects who entered illegally into the United States in the desert area near Sunland Park, New Mexico.
One of the subjects was positively identified using the IAFIS/IDENT fingerprint system as 44-year-old Sergio Reyes-Alvares of Mexico. Reyes-Alvares had an extensive criminal history which included a conviction for a “Lewd and Lascivious Act with–a- Child in March 2012. he also had a prior deportation from the United States.
USBP official say Reyes-Alvares was booked into the Otero County Detention Center pending criminal charges for his illegal re-entry into the U.S.