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Caravan of more than 150 people, mostly grandmothers, protest family separations in McAllen

August 7, 2018

McALLEN — It began as a 30-person caravan from upstate New York that traveled here and will end tomorrow at the Port Isabel Detention Center.

A group that began their trek on July 31 as 30 concerned citizens swelled in support to more than 200 strong during the seven-stop tour, traversing the country as they made their way to the U.S.-Mexico border to speak out against the separation of families.

The group, the Grannies Respond caravan, will spend Tuesday visiting the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and the Port Isabel Detention Center, among others as they lend their support to those affected by family separations and refusals at ports of entry.

On Monday evening, the group convened along with their supporters for a vigil and protest walk from Archer Park to the bus depot, and then to the Catholic Charities-run respite center in downtown McAllen.

The surrounding area of Archer Park was taken over by the sedans, vans and recreational vehicles of the roughly more than 150 people who joined the caravan in cities like New York City, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and San Antonio, to name a few.

The vehicles were painted in bright colors with slogans of support for the affected groups.

“Reunite Families!!!” read the window of one RV parked outside Archer Park.

For the complete story, visit themonitor.com on Tuesday.

lzazueta@themonitor.com

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