A group of Grand Valley residents are to rally today in support of Republican President Donald Trump and against the caravan of Central American migrants who are heading north to the U.S.-Mexico border.
A Grand Junction group that calls itself the Mesa County Deplorables, initially a derogatory reference by former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about Trump supporters, are planning to mobilize downtown.
Their main focus is the caravan that currently is in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, and heading by foot north on the Pan-American Highway, which stretches from the southern tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay in Alaska.
If the caravan stays on that route, it would reach the United States at El Paso, Texas. Currently, the caravan is about 1,000 miles away so it is unknown when they might arrive.
The president has tweeted that he will not allow them to cross the border, telling those in the caravan to turn around and apply for entry through legal channels. He also tweeted Thursday that he plans to deploy the U.S. military to the border, calling it a national emergency.
That caravan, which has had an estimated 7,000 people mostly from the Central American nations of Honduras and Guatemala, has been called a peaceful group of migrants who just want to find work in the United States. Supporters of the Grand Junction rally, however, are calling it a "phalanx," the Greek term for a body of troops marching in close formation.
That's why the rally organizers are calling their event, Stop the Invasion.
"Seven to 10 thousand foreign nationals? That's an army division," event organizer Matt Patterson said in a press release. "This insanity is a direct result of Democrats' open border, sanctuary city policies that encourage lawlessness and chaos in our immigration system."
Patterson said the event also is to show support for Trump's proposed border wall, and as a launchpad to aid GOP candidates for various offices to get out the vote.
The event is to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the intersection of Rood Avenue and Fifth Street.