Hundreds march to Tornillo in protest of family separation

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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.

“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.”

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.”

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