Protesters seek to speak with Congressman Michael Cloud about immigrants' rights

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 16:09:42-04

One of those protests was held outside of Congressman Michael Cloud's Corpus Christi office on Shoreline.

The group included members of local teachers and labor unions and immigrants’ rights groups.

“We're here because we believe that movement is a human right, the freedom to flee poverty and violence is a human right,” said Chloe Torres, a protester who was involved today.

Another protester expressed similar sentiments.

“Asylum is legal in this country, the right to seek asylum is a long held belief and right to come into this country,” Becky Moeller said.

Organizers of the protest asked to speak with Congressman Cloud. They were told he was not available.

At the time, Congressman Cloud was three hours away at an event that was scheduled a long time before learning of the protest. He was with the Army Corps of Engineers.

“As one of the first to call for action to address the humanitarian, criminal, and national security crisis at the border, I’m encouraged to see that people are finally awakening to the need for real action," Cloud said in a prepared statement. "But real compassion would have been taking action when I called for it months ago; instead, House leadership spent months calling this a manufactured crisis and letting it fester and become the tragedy it is today.

"Last week I helped lead the push in Washington for humanitarian aid to relieve the situation, but unfortunately that’s only a temporary fix, so once again, I’m calling on House leadership to pass real solutions that deal with the root causes of this crisis.”