WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A group known as "Cowboys for Trump" is riding to Washington, D.C., on Friday.
The cowboys are arriving in the nation's capital to show their support for a border wall, which they believe is the right solution to immigration issues that the U.S. faces at the Mexican border. The group of cowboys started its journey in Cumberland, Maryland, on Feb. 15.
According to the cowboys' GoFundMe page, which has raised over $19,000 of a $25,000 goal, "the vision of this initial show of support is to have 10-15 horseback riders carrying flags supporting our Nation and President into Washington, D.C." The group has three main concerns it also wants to address:
"1. Securing our nation's southern border 2. Protecting the unborn 3. Preserving our 2nd amendment right"
The movement was founded by Couy Griffin, commissioner of Otero County, New Mexico. He tells KOAT-TV his county is only 5-10 miles from El Paso, Texas — a city on the U.S./Mexico border.
"He's standing up for us, he's standing up for the little guys, and we love him for it," Griffin told KOAT in an interview. "I'm not an emotional guy ... but if I could shake his hand and tell him that I thank him, I would do it in a heartbeat."
Immigration has been a major concern in New Mexico, Griffin says.