February 12, 2019
Residents of Sunland Park, New Mexico are taking a stand on the border, literally.
Hundreds of Trump supporters linked arms along an open stretch of the border this weekend to “bring attention to the fact that there isn’t a wall here,” protestor Anthony Aguero told Reuters.
Members of the human wall donned Make America Great Again hats and clothes and carried American flags as they chanted for the president to make good on his campaign promise to “build a wall!” KINT reports.
Media coverage of the event was scant, despite the close proximity to El Paso, Texas, where Trump plans to host a rally for border security today.
Aside from drawing attention to the needed wall, protestors said their presence sends a strong message to drug smugglers and human traffickers that they will “have to find somewhere else” to carry out their crimes, Aguero said.
The show of force came on the same day several New Mexico Democrats toured the border town, though there’s no indication they stopped to discuss concerns with constituents calling for a wall.
Instead, Congresswomen Xochitl Torres Small, Deb Haaland and others met with illegal immigration advocates and visited a migrant shelter struggling to house the increasing numbers flooding across the ineffective border, KRQE reports.
Torres Small pointed to the symptoms of the bigger problem.
“We’re still seeing overcrowding in the holding cells which were never meant to hold families or children,” she said.
Haaland also avoided wall talk.
“What I did learn when speaking with federal agents is that we could use more technology, use more immigration judges,” she said.
Torres Small previously said she’s in favor of “carefully placed” border barriers “where it makes the most sense,” the Albuquerque Journal reports.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:57 am