By Noi Mahoney of FreightWaves
A number of hundred individuals gathered in three border states Saturday to name for stricter immigration safety, ending the cross-country “Take Our Border Again” convoy that traveled from Virginia to Texas final week.
Convoy organizers and supporters initially mentioned as many as 700,000 autos would participate in three separate rallies in Arizona, California and Texas, together with truckers who took half in latest protest convoys in Washington, D.C., and Canada, in accordance with U.S. Rep. Keith Self, R-Texas.
Whereas a whole bunch of 1000’s of autos by no means materialized because the convoy moved throughout the nation, about 100 passenger autos, leisure autos and vans towing campers arrived in Texas, in accordance with NBC News.
The Texas rally occurred on the Cornerstone Youngsters’s Ranch within the city of Quemado, about 20 miles outdoors of Eagle Move. The daylong occasion included musical performances, distributors and audio system who voiced their considerations about unlawful immigration.
“The mission right here is the border, that’s what we’re right here for,” mentioned Trenis Evans, one of many audio system on the Quemado rally.
At one other “Take Our Border Again” rally Saturday in San Ysidro, California, convoy organizer Scotty Saks mentioned the border is “a nationwide safety disaster.”
“We’ve got a human trafficking downside on the border in proportions that we’ve by no means imagined,” Saks instructed a crowd of about 200 individuals, in accordance with the New York Post.
The “Take Our Border Again” convoy additionally gathered for a rally in Yuma, Arizona.
The rallies had been held amid a feud between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Biden administration over border enforcement measures and jurisdictional authority.
The Texas Nationwide Guard seized management of Shelby Park in Eagle Move a number of weeks in the past, and erected a razor wire barrier round it, limiting U.S. Border Patrol’s entry to the realm.
On Sunday, Abbott held a information briefing in Shelby Park accompanied by 13 Republican governors to debate border and immigration points.
“A state can defend itself and its residents to guard their security from the approaching hazard that we face, and from an invasion of thousands and thousands of individuals coming from throughout the globe into our nation who’re unaccounted for by any means,” Abbott mentioned.
Abbott additionally mentioned he’s increasing Operation Lone Star, the controversial border safety initiative he launched in 2021. The operation has included deploying Texas Nationwide Guard members alongside the Mexico border, putting in a floating barrier within the Rio Grande River and initiating security inspections on industrial vans arriving at ports of entry from Mexico.
“As we converse proper now, the Texas Nationwide Guard is endeavor operations to develop this effort,” Abbott mentioned. “We’re not going to include ourselves simply to this park, we’re increasing to additional areas to make it possible for we’ll develop our degree of deterrence and denial of unlawful entry into the USA.”