Cameron County residents celebrate as the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court unanimously approve a motion to oppose the border wall. (Dina Arévalo | Staff photographer)

Communities rally against wall

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Cameron County, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista all unanimously passed resolutions Tuesday to oppose the border wall.

In a slew of meetings that began at the historic Dancy Building in Brownsville Tuesday morning and ended at Port Isabel City Hall that same evening, residents showed up to protest the construction of the wall as all three governing bodies had listed border wall discussions on their agendas for the day.

Laguna Vista resident Madeleine Sandefur reads a statement against the border wall during the Laguna Vista Town Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12. Standing with her is Maria Galasso. (Dina Arévalo | Staff photographer)

“This is something that I’ve been talking about and speaking against ever since I was mayor of Brownsville over 10 years ago,” said County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr. after the County Commissioners’ Court had adjourned.

“There’s no proof that the building of a border wall would enhance border security,” he said. “This is just something that’s going to make certain individuals who have a discriminatory or prejudicial mindset with regards to the border and/or especially immigrants, make them feel better that they’re not being let into the country.”

The county judge called the proposal to build thousands of miles across the nation’s southern border a waste of billions of dollars.

President Donald Trump, in a tweet posted early Thursday morning, said “The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.”


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