Hundreds of Families to Reunite in the Middle of the Rio Grande for #HugsNotWalls 4
4th #HugsNotWalls Event Marks Continued Protest against Inhumane Border and Immigration Policy
El Paso, TX/Southern New Mexico. – On Saturday, June 24th, hundreds of families will have an opportunity to embrace each other, many for the first time in decades. This act protests the deep inhumanity of the U.S. immigration policies that have fueled massive numbers of separated immigrant families and scarred communities across the country. Participant families will gather at Chihuahuita Park (400 Charles Road) in El Paso at 8:00 a.m., while their family members from Mexico will gather simultaneously in Ciudad Juarez at the intersection of Boulevard Norzagaray and Calle Oro. From these gathering points families will proceed to the event site at the Rio Grande.
This is the Fourth #HugsNotWalls event that Border Network for Human Rights has made possible since August 2016. These events are particularly important in the current context, as border communities work to send a message of love and inclusion that aligns with core American values of welcoming, family dignity, and human rights. Moreover, this event presents an important counterpoint to the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to promote mass deportation of immigrants, or the actions of states like Texas, through SB 4, to turn local police into immigration agents. In spite of those who want to build walls or tear our families and communities apart, we know that hugs will always be more powerful.
#HugsNotWalls 4th June 24th
El Paso families will meet at 8:00 am at Chihuahuita Park (400 Charles Rd)
Families in Ciudad Juarez will meet at 8:00 am at the Intersection of Boulevard Norzagaray and Calle Oro.
*Press registration is necessary and will be available at the Chihuahuita Park
The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.