Saint Paul, Minn. – On Thursday, Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL – Minneapolis) will travel to Brownsville, Texas, along the United States/Mexico border, to attend a rally opposing the Trump Administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy resulting in the separation of children from their families at the border.
“I am traveling to Texas to bear witness to what is happening at the border and to support the local groups on the ground in the Rio Grande Valley that are resisting the unjust and inhumane Trump immigration policies,” Rep. Hornstein said. “It’s up to allies across the country to stand up and resist this action, which is just another example of the president’s harmful approach toward immigrants.”
The event, dubbed the “#FamiliesBelongTogether Rally,” will take place in a park across the street from the Brownsville Federal Court, where immigrants are being prosecuted en masse for crossing the border into the United States, followed by separation from their children. Families affected by the Trump policy, advocates and allies will all attend.
“Texas is ground-zero for this fight,” Rep. Hornstein continued. “While the president’s actions are horrific, I find great hope in a collective movement of people from all backgrounds encouraging this administration to move our nation’s immigration policy away from the xenophobic politics of division, and toward delivering the most basic civil rights to all people. This includes ensuring families stay together.”
National hosts of the rally include the ACLU, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and United We Dream. Local hosts include the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, Border Rights Center, South Texas Civil Rights Project, Latina Institute, Laredo Immigrants Alliance, Texas Civil Rights Project, Texas Organizing Project, Children’s Defense Fund and others.
The event gets underway at 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning at Linear Park, 1501 E. 7th St in Brownsville. More information is available from the ACLU online here or via the event’s Facebook page, where more than 5,000 people have RSVP’d.