Hun­dreds march against bor­der wall

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds MIS­SION, of pro­test­ers wear­ing white and chant­ing in English and Span­ish marched Sat­ur­day in Texas’ first ma­jor protest against a bor­der wall, cross­ing the earthen Rio Grande levee where Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to build part of the first phase.

The pro­test­ers launched what’s ex­pected to be a fierce move­ment against Trump’s best-known im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy pri­or­ity. Many of the par­tic­i­pants ac­knowl­edged they might not be able to stop a project that the U.S. gov­ern­ment is al­ready plan­ning, but they hoped to draw na­tional at­ten­tion to the cause and per­suade law­mak­ers who have yet to sign off on fund­ing for the project.

“We might seem small and in­signif­i­cant. Maybe we are,” said An­thoney Saenz, a 19-year-old na­tive of the Rio Grande Val­ley, the south­ern­most point of Texas and a re­gion where Trump has pro­posed putting 60 miles of wall as part of a $1.6 bil­lion pro­posal. “But when our voices come to­gether, when we band to­gether as a com­mu­nity to try to get a voice out there, we have to hope we get heard,” he said.

Or­ga­niz­ers of Sat­ur­day’s protest wanted to make clear the depth of lo­cal op­po­si­tion to the bor­der wall, which as pro­posed would cut through a fed­er­ally pro­tected wildlife refuge and split apart sev­eral bor­der towns. Some 40 groups took part in the protest, from en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists to landown­ers’ rights groups to im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates.

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