About a hundred Mexican and U.S citizens linked arms across the Texas border Saturday in a sign of solidarity against President Donald Trump's promised border wall.
“Building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security," said Congressman Will Hurd, who hosted the "bilingual, bipartisan, and binational" rally on the International Bridge connecting Mexico's Ciudad Acuña and Del Río, Texas. Hurd, a Helotes Republican who represents an 800-mile stretch of the border, was joined by the two cities' mayors and San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro to celebrate the bond between the two towns.
“As the member of Congress who has the most border … this is a message I take to Washington,” said Hurd, who's been vocal in his opposition of the wall since January. “I've been trying to bring my colleagues down to the border as well. A lot of folks who talk about the border have never seen the border.”
Congressman Castro, a Democrat, agreed that by building the estimated $21.6 billion border wall "you're not getting much bang for your buck." According to Robert Garza, mayor of Del Río, the International Bridge brings in $7 million annually for his city, thanks to the strong trade relationship between Del Río and Ciudad Acuña.
This rally comes on the heels of Hurd's "bipartisan road trip"
with El Paso Democrat Congressman Beto O'Rourke. "People are expecting us to focus on what unites us, not what divides us," said Hurd at the Saturday rally. "We can disagree without being disagreeable."