Beto O’Rourke’s March to Tornillo: Crowd Size Photos & Videos

Omar Reyes

Beto O’Rourke led a march to Tornillo, Texas today in protest of a policy separating immigrant children and parents. Although the policy has been in place and used in previous presidencies, it has recently gained national attention following a “zero tolerance” policy put in place by President Donald Trump’s administration, which led to a large increase in the number of children separated from their parents. O’Rourke is running against Ted Cruz for Cruz’s Texas Senate seat. Joe Kennedy III, who is running for Congress in the 4th District of Massachusetts, also attended the event and spoke there with O’Rourke. Read on for more details about the march today, how many attended, and see crowd photos.

According to NPR, hundreds participated in the Father’s Day march, where they met at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Toll Plaza. However, people who were there estimated the size at closer to 1,000 to 2,000 participants. In one of the tweets below, Sally Beauvais wrote that she believed there were close to 2,000 protesting.

Here’s a look at some of the cars lined up before the event started:

Here’s a video from the event:

Omar Reyes, who attended the event, shared a number of photos showing just how many people attended and the enthusiasm for the march.

Beto O'Rourke Tornillo Rally

Omar Reyes

Beto O'Rourke Tornillo Rally

Omar Reyes

Beto O'Rourke Tornillo Rally

Omar Reyes

Many people attended the event, and some even came from states outside of Texas, like these marchers from New Mexico:

Texas nurses also joined in:

O’Rourke said during the event: “We’re wanting to make sure that everyone in this country knows what is happening here, in their name, in Tornillo, where kids have traveled 2,000 miles, some alone, some with their parents, are being held in detention camps, tent cities that have just been constructed over the course of this last week…”

But, O’Rourke added, this has been a problem for multiple administrations. “It’s not on the Republicans, either, and we’ve got to be real careful about that. This isn’t on a political party. I wouldn’t even say this is on this administration, although this administration has carried it to its most inhumane, logical conclusion. But we have been ignoring this or perpetuating it for many years and many administrations right now. This has got to be on us to get it right. I think it’s going to be on us, the people of the border, who do that.”

Joe Kennedy III also attended and spoke at the march, sharing photos from the event on Twitter:

Twitter/Joe Kennedy III

Twitter/Joe Kennedy III

Twitter/Joe Kennedy III

Tornillo, Texas came under the spotlight when the Trump administration announced that tents will be constructed to house an overflow of immigrant children in Tornillo, NBC News reported. The tent city is estimated to have 450 beds for children, sources said. Tornillo’s tent city will be the first temporary shelter for children.

The following photos from the event were shared with Heavy by Jonathan Macias:

Jonathan Macias

Jonathan Macias

Jonathan Macias

Jonathan Macias

Will Hurd, Republican State Representative, toured the tent facilities on Friday night and said the conditions at the shelter were good, and it was run by emergency management professionals, ABC 7 reported. He said 16- to 17-year-old boys were staying there and are fed three meals a day, plus snacks. However, Hurd opposes the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policies. “If we have to separate kids from their parents, then we probably need to rethink our strategy,” he said.

The Tornillo shelter has 400 beds prepared, and Hurd said it will be hitting capacity soon, El Paso Times reported. He added that officials are discussing increasing the number of beds to 4,000. The shelters resemble tent shelters that housed Hurricane Harvey victims last year. Each tent has space for 20 children and two adults. The shelters also have showers, bathrooms, medical facilities, fire trucks, a place to meet with case management workers and lawyers, and a “chow hall” for a couple hundred at a time, Hurd said. Each tent has an AC unit, Hurd added.

Here’s another video from the event, showing the crowd and part of Kennedy’s speech:

Journalists were given access to certain sheltered and photographed and shared stories from them this week. A shelter in Brownsville, which houses 1,500 boys ages 10 to 17, opened its doors to reporters this week. According to NBC, the children were allowed outside for about two hours a day. Last week, more than 570 unaccompanied children were being held in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, hundreds of them for more than a 72 hour legal limit.

Here are more photos and videos from today’s march:

An arial photo:

Some participants also decorated their cars for the march:

We will update this story if an official crowd estimate becomes available.

3 Comments

3 Comments

Anonymous

a senatorial candidate marching to support criminals… SMH

Imigrants must not be given too much of liberty ,, including China industries ,,in USA,,,and Muslims,,or Indians,, otherwise USA people will lose their jobs and their lands,,,

I am always Worried about terrorism.
Imigrants must be treated well.
But ,,
Safety of Americans is also important.
I suggest not to give any imigrants more liberty .
Otherwise,they would involve in terrorism.
This is dangerous for the country .
Nowadays ,
In UK as well as in USA some women marry our citizens ,,
But this is not of love ,,
But they want to get citizenship here in the American soil.
After ,
They bring their whole family or country in to America
This what Trump says ,,
AMERICAN first,,
They take all our job,,,
May be they come for menial job,,
But their children demand equal rights as American citizens.
Their number became very big.
Consequently ,,
Americans or UK people don’t get jobs.
I request Americans to stop all Visa to all foriegn nationals.
They must be given red green block card .
Which stops them ,keeps them away in most important positions.
They must be stopped from voting.
AFRICANS must be treated in the same way as a white is treated by them in South Africa.
AFRICANS or Chinese or Pakistani or anybody from outside ( imigrants ) must be stopped from too much of freedom.
They must be told to come and sign in post office or police station every month.
This will give them fear that they live in a foreign country
This will give them fear to respect American people and government.
AMERICA first,,
Americans first ,,
This is for the safety of the people living already in USA.
They ate citizens of this country.
But imigrants should know that ,,,
They will food and shelter ,,,
But citizenship ,,or other freedom ,,,
Not allowed in the land of USA.
The country from where they come must be ready to accept them anytime .
But AMERICA will give them shelter,,but not too much of liberty.
Bit AMERICA is God.
They give lot of liberties to AFRICANS , Chinese,,or Indians.
My question ,,,
Do India or AFRICA treat a an American the same way American government treat ?
The answer is ,,
No.
Not at all.
God bless America.
God bless Americans .