HARLINGEN, Texas – President Donald Trump traveled to South Texas on Tuesday to tout his administration’s border wall accomplishments.
Trump arrived in the Rio Grande Valley in the early afternoon and traveled from Harlingen to the Alamo, Texas area. Alamo is a town just miles north of the border.
Officials in Alamo indicated Tuesday morning they did not have any prior knowledge of the president’s visit and did not have an itinerary. They asked for peaceful protests and respect for law enforcement officials.
Supporters and opponents of the president were expected to gather upon Trump’s arrival. Here’s a look at how social media is capturing what’s expected to be Trump’s final visit to the Texas-Mexico border before he leaves office.
*Editor’s Note: This article will be updated during and after the president’s visit with the latest reaction from social media. (Videos may contain some profane language.)
Counter protesters prepare for President Donald Trump’s arrival in the Rio Grande Valley, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. “Trump brings division and violence wherever he goes, and the wall is an extension of that,” No Border Wall Laredo activist Tannya Benavides says. pic.twitter.com/ErbaVC2b6W
— Annie Rice (@annierice_photo) January 12, 2021
As Trump visits the border today, I’m standing with organizers in the Rio Grande Valley to show we’re not afraid of his bigotry and fear-mongering.
We’re going to end his cruelty toward immigrants, and begin to heal the divides between us as Americans. pic.twitter.com/rxdpm1lfys
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 12, 2021
San Antonio area Republican Congressman Lloyd Doggett on Trump’s visit:
As the same President who once declared he was building his border wall in San Antonio, I hope Trump wasn’t looking for our Alamo this trip.
— Lloyd Doggett (@RepLloydDoggett) January 12, 2021
City of McAllen asks for peaceful protests:
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