Following nation-wide uproar over President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy, mass trial prosecutions at the border, and the separation of about 2,342 since May children form their parents, President Trump announced today an executive action that would “end” the separation of children from their families and instead replacing it with indefinite family detention.
In the next couple of the days, there will be a wide variety of events by different groups and organizations occurring across the Rio Grande Valley in response to the Trump administration’s immigration and enforcement policies, deportations and detention, and border patrol abuse.
June 25 – Parents Everywhere Care
10 AM – 2 PM
Ursula Child Detention Center (3700 Ursula Ave)
This event is being organized by a grassroots group of individuals. Although originally the rally was focused on the practice of separating children from parents, following the Trump administration’s move today, one of the event organizers stated that the event would continue in opposition to the “indefinite jailing and detention of individuals and families.” For more details, click here.
July 18 – Presentation: The Border Wall-The Facts
3 PM – 4 PM
South Texas College Library (3201 W. Pecan Blvd, Building F)
According to the Facebook event page, at the event a “coalition of community organizers will present information about new developments regarding the Border Wall, progress on its construction, financial and legislative concerns, its impact on the environment, property rights, and impact on immigration.” The event is being organized by the RGV No Border Wall Unofficial Coalition.
June 28 – Vigil for Claudia Gomez Gonzalez
7 PM – 9 PM
San Juan, Texas
This event, which is being co-organized by the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, the RGV No Border Wall Coalition, and La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), will seek to “bring awareness to the injustices and transgressions of Border Patrol on border communities and honor the lives of those that have passed.”
For more details, click here.
June 23 – March to Defend Families! Immigration Reform
12 PM – 2 PM
Location Details: International Gateway Bridge-Port of Entry, Brownsville, TX
Meeting Place: Xeriscape Park, Brownsville TX. (Front of the International Gateway Bridge in the Flag area.)
This event is being organized by Frontera Progressives, a group that states it came together after the 2017 Women’s March around issues regarding the “assault on peace, justice, equality and the environment.”
According to a press release, Frontera Progressives is organizing this event “to demand an end to the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy, for fair treatment of asylum seekers according to international norms, and for the immediate reuniting of families separated by the administration’s separation policy.” For more details, click here.
June 28 – Families Belong Together Rally at the Border
11 AM – 2 PM
Linear Park (1501 E 7th St.)
Brownsville, TX 78520
According to the Facebook event page, “families, advocates, and allies will hold a rally in the park across the street from the Brownsville Federal Court, where immigrants are being prosecuted en masse for crossing the border into the United States, and then separated from their children.”
The event is being co-organized by a wide coalition of organizations.