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Local groups gathered to protest migrant camps on the US/Mexico border this Saturday

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Posted at 10:35 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-13 17:53:02-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A rally to protest migrant camps on the US/Mexico border happened at Cole Park this Saturday.

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The Trump administration has been under fire for policies that are deeply affecting migrant families at the border. A group of local activists decided to respond with peaceful protests to raise awareness for the issue locally. They are part of a recent nationwide movement against the mistreatment of migrant families being detained in camps at the border.

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photos courtesy of Omar C. Bantayan, shared on the Close the Camps Rally Facebook Page 4

The "Close the Camps" rally started at 11 am at Cole Park, and lasted until about 2 pm. Event organizers reminded everyone that is was a non-partisan event and asked that people bring signs, chairs, and to dress according to the weather.

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photos courtesy of Omar C. Bantayan, shared on the Close the Camps Rally Facebook Page 4

The timing of the rally happens to coincide with Vice President Mike Pence's visit to a detention center in McAllen, Texas. It also comes after the Office of the Inspector General released a report describing conditions at a federal detention center in the Rio Grande Valley as, "a ticking time bomb."

Photos courtesy of Omar C. Bantayan, shared on the Close the Camps Rally Facebook Page.