Advocacy Groups Planning Rally At Immigrant Detention Center

Alan Scaia
June 19, 2018 - 7:44 am
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Advocacy groups across Texas say they are planning a rally outside the Ursula Detention Center in McAllen. The center is the largest in the country.

"We've got to stop acting like Democrats and Republicans and start acting like human beings because that's who we are," says Giovanni Torrez, a volunteer with the group, United Fort Worth.

Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill that would keep families together while their cases work through court. The bill would double the number of immigration judges and require families to be kept together during the process unless investigators find evidence of abuse or human trafficking.

The bill would also set up emergency shelters where families can be kept together.

"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers," Cruz writes in a statement. "This must stop. Now."

Torrez says Cruz is trying to improve poll numbers in an election year, saying this bill is a change from Cruz' support for a border wall.

"He said, 'I want that border wall. I want that security,'" Torrez says. "For him to come out and say families shouldn't be separated is just hypocrisy."

Groups are planning a rally at the detention center June 25.​