MISSION - Hundreds of protestors gathered today to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Starting at 7 a.m., activists formed a procession, which grew, as they marched the four miles from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church to La Lomita Chapel, where the first sections of the wall are planned to be erected.
Walking atop the levees, protestors chanted in Spanish and English as part of their concerted effort to show President Trump, Congress and the nation, residents’ resounding disapproval of the wall. At the end of the trek, the crowd was entertained by mariachis and dancers who performed traditional songs and dances, an unabashed and emphatic display of the Rio Grande Valley’s deep cultural connection to Mexico.
Through a series of speakers from various organizations nationally and locally, the wall’s the social, environmental and legal ramifications were plainly laid out. Among the speakers was Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-15), who said that while he supported more resources for border security, a wall was not the answer.
Though plans are underway for the wall’s construction, Congress has not approved funding for the wall and remains in recess until September 5.