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Texas Border Convoy Slammed by Eagle Cross Neighborhood Leaders Forward of Rally

Quite a lot of neighborhood leaders from Eagle Cross, Texas, held a press convention on Friday to specific their opposition to the ‘Take Our Border Again’ convoy, which is because of maintain a rally close to the city on Saturday.

The convoy set off from Virginia earlier this week to protest the Biden administration’s coverage on unlawful immigration; it plans to carry three rallies on Saturday in Yuma, Arizona, and San Ysidro, California, in addition to Eagle Cross. Initially, the convoy consisted of a few-dozen autos, however this had elevated to a number of hundred and was nonetheless rising on Friday, based on CBS Information.

Tensions in Texas surged after the Supreme Courtroom dominated federal brokers can take away razor wire positioned alongside the state’s southern border, on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s orders, in a ruling given on January 22. In response, Abbott stated Texas was being topic to an “invasion” and concerned the state’s “constitutional authority to defend and shield itself.”

Friday’s press convention included quick speeches, in each English and Spanish, from quite a few distinguished locals: Mike Garcia from the Eagle Cross chamber of commerce; Pastor Julio Vasquez who preaches at a Lutheran church within the city; and Jessie Fuentes, a retired educator and businessman.

Fuentes urged the convoy contributors, a few of whom have been calling themselves the ‘God’s Military’ on-line, to not preach hate.

Fuentes stated: “Anybody in search of to tell themselves and acquire data concerning the scenario on the border is welcome into our neighborhood so long as you embrace our cultural variety. That is our neighborhood; that is our home. Do not come right here to evangelise hate. Respect and honor thy neighbor, and act accordingly.”

Hitting out at Abbott, who instructed the state’s nationwide guard to position razor wire alongside the Texas-Mexico border, Fuentes added: “As a longtime resident… I’ve by no means been so appalled at a pacesetter as our governor and what he is doing and the way he is utilizing our specific neighborhood for political theater.”

Fuentes additionally criticized Texan authorities for taking up the close by Shelby Park from which they then blocked entry to federal brokers, sparking controversy.

Fuentes stated: “They’ve taken over a publicly funded park, our park, our historical past, our tradition, that’s the place we convene, that’s our inexperienced area, that’s the place we’re linked to the river, and we do not have entry to it. And when you take a stroll and look down there, you possibly can see that it is turning into a army base.”

Individuals supporting the “Take Our Border Again” convoy collect close to Cornerstone Youngsters’s Ranch, Quemado, Texas on February 2, 2024. Neighborhood leaders spoke out towards the convoy in Eagle’s Cross, Texas, forward of a deliberate rally…


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One other speaker was youth activist Amerika Garcia, who in 2020 campaigned for Shelby Park to be renamed; she stated its present title displays “an period of hate.” Referring to Abbott inviting 14 Republican governors to the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend, Garcia stated: “I am kinda shocked that now we have 15 governors coming all the way down to Eagle Cross once they nonetheless have chores of their residence states.

“They are not getting work finished, they are not passing payments, and we’re asking them cease making up fairy tales and get some work finished,” Garcia added.

Video of the occasion was posted on YouTube by Vote Frequent Good, a Christian group against what they regard as far-right extremism. On its web site, in reference to the convoy, the group stated: “They use racist, antisemitic canine whistles like ‘globalists’ and unfold lies concerning the safety of our border.”

Newsweek has contacted Take Our Border Again for remark by e mail. On its web site, the group says it’s calling “on our authorities to take motion for ‘We The Folks’ and safe our southern border.”

The group got here underneath criticism after a video emerged of a speaker making antisemitic remarks at one in all its occasions in Texas, saying there are “terrorists coming throughout the border being funded by Jewish cash.”

The place Is Saturday’s Texas Rally?

The ‘Take Our Border Again’ Texas rally on Saturday is going down in Quemado, roughly 20 miles northeast of Eagle’s Cross. The occasion is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. CST and proceed till the night.

Attendees are suggested to “PACK YOUR CAMPERS, CARS, RVs & TRUCKS! BRING YOUR CHAIRS, COOLERS & A KIND HEART!”