Residents of two border towns meet on International Bridge for unity event
DEL RIO, Texas – More than a hundred Americans and Mexicans came together for a rally between the two countries Saturday afternoon.
They met on the International Bridge between Acuña in Mexico and Del Rio in Texas to hear from speakers and to hold hands in a display of unity and friendship.
“It’s just a portrait of what we actually do,” said Jorge Ortiz, a dual citizen living in Acuña who attended with his wife and six children. “It’s a reality on the border. Every border state – in the states, in Mexico – we’re interdependent and you can’t deny it.”
A few brought signs – “no wall, build bridges” – but the Rally at the Border event was no protest of the president’s plans, according to organizers.
“We’ve always realized how intermingled our economies are,” Ortiz said. “Not only our economies but our communities. I mean, my two kids cross every day to Catholic school here in Del Rio, Texas. We contribute to the community. I’m a business owner in Del Rio; however, I live in Acuña.”
Congressmen Will Hurd and Joaquin Castro spoke on the bridge.
Another Rally at the Border event was held in Laredo at the same time.