Less than a mile away from Tornillo’s newly-erected “Tent City”, hundreds of people gathered Sunday in protest of the controversial family separation policy.
Hundreds are marching up and down the road to the #Tornillo POE. They are protesting @realDonaldTrump administration “zero tolerance” policy. pic.twitter.com/79pS53ZSFr— KTSM NewsChannel 9 (@KTSMtv) June 17, 2018
Short march has begun. It has come to a stop about half a mile from the port of entry. Demonstrators are singing and chanting. #MarchtoTornillo pic.twitter.com/6mY55PpTje— Susy Castillo (@SusyKTSM) June 17, 2018
“This is cruel. This is inhumane to take kids away from their parents. Kids specifically who are fleeing violence in their own country, whose parents literally took their lives into their own hands to travel thousands of miles to be here,” Congressman Beto O’Rourke said. “We need to end the practice of family separation.”
CBP Agents are perched on top of a building to watch the crowd from inside the port. The crowd is gathered just outside the main port entrance. #Tornillo pic.twitter.com/vPA8l1JyTx— KTSM NewsChannel 9 (@KTSMtv) June 17, 2018
There are people from New Mexico and across Texas that have traveled to #Tornillo this morning to protest children being housed in tent cities apart from their parents. pic.twitter.com/lf5x5jiGpK— KTSM NewsChannel 9 (@KTSMtv) June 17, 2018
Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, State Rep. Cesar Blanco, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy, and other lawmakers also joined O’Rourke in the march.
“…humanity doesn’t come with a citizenship or a green card,” Kennedy said.
O’Rourke says Sunday’s march is just the beginning, and plans to end family separation through legislation.
“I’m going to implore and engage my colleagues regardless of party,” he said. “This is not a democrat of republican issue. All of us have to stand up and do the right thing.”