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Moms Caravan traveled to the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend to get a first-hand look at the border and to witness for themselves the effects of illegal immigration on families who live there.
Thirty-five mothers from 14 states spent Sunday walking the border and visiting with local moms, educators, and authorities about the dangers that those living in the Rio Grande Valley face every day.
Moms For America President Kimberly Fletcher and Aisha Owmby, the founder of Black Women Walk, organized the trip, which they hope will help others understand why they believe a wall along the U.S.-Mexico wall is needed to protect American families.
Fletcher told TheBlaze during an interview Monday evening that one of the most compelling reasons for supporting a border wall is for the children.
"Kids won't have to worry about the spray of bullets" from the drug cartel on the Mexico side of the border that sits directly across from an elementary school, Fletcher explained.
A barbed-wire fence along the Texas-Mexico border divides the two countries. (Richard MacDonald)
It wasn't Fletcher's first trip to the border, but she said things had worsened since her last visit in 2007.
What did local moms say?
Local moms told the Moms Caravan that things have changed significantly over the last 20 years because of the drug cartel and human trafficking.
Many parents won't allow their children to play outside for fear of being kidnapped, Fletcher told TheBlaze, adding that they also sleep with guns under their pillows.
The residents said they often wake in the middle of the night to illegal immigrants banging on their doors and wanting to come inside their homes.
What do others say about border safety?
Angry Tias and Abuelas, an organization that helps asylum-seekers, don't believe immigrants are a threat to the community — citing a Cato Institute study that showed immigrants commit fewer crimes than American citizens.
"The asylum-seekers want to come here to make a better life for themselves and their kids. Through the work of the Angry Tias and Abuelas, we have been able to get to know some of these people one-on-one. We spent time with them. We spent time with them talking at the bus stations," Nayelly Narrios of Angry Tias and Abuelas told WLOS-TV.
What did the educators say?
The educators from the elementary school in Hidalgo, Texas, asked for the nation's support.
They explained to the group of moms that the children are often on lockdown in the school because of gunfire just across the border.
Illegal immigrants are sometimes found sleeping on top of the elementary school and border agents must be called to remove them.
The Moms Caravan even witnessed a couple from El Salvador trying to embed themselves with the group.
A local official immediately contacted border security about the couple. Agents arrived quickly and arrested the couple who had crossed into the U.S. illegally.
Chicago mom Stephanie Trussell was shocked to see how easy it is for people to cross from Mexico to the U.S.
“To see this wall I mean we heard about it and talked about it and the Rio Grande and I can't believe it — that is what is separating — that is not securing our border at all," Trussell said.
She hopes that voters will be moved by what the Moms Caravan discovered during their border visit and take that information with them to the polls.
“Hopefully, on Tuesday, the American people will vote to send people back to D.C. to help him [President Donald Trump] get this agenda passed and get this wall built everywhere around and then we would love to help whoever," Trussell added.