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Beto O’Rourke meets with Texas mayors |  KTAB

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke are both campaigning in the Rio Grande Valley.

On Thursday, O’Rourke spoke with mayors across Texas to discuss how he says he could help more than Abbott.

During their speech, O’Rourke criticized Abbott’s handling of the pandemic and his handling of the immigration situation.

“[Gov. Abbott] doesn’t create that order, it creates more border chaos,” O’Rourke said.

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez was on roll call with O’Rourke and supports O’Rourke’s election.

“I come to you today with renewed hope for the future of Texas,” Mendez told reporters. “I’m really looking forward to the possibility that we have a governor who wishes to be a partner not only with local leaders, but also a partner in South Texas. “

O’Rourke regularly criticized Governor Abbott’s leadership of border communities and promised that he would work with leaders in the region in whatever he could.

“Mayor Mendez mentioned that he hadn’t received any phone calls from the governor, who claims to be incredibly concerned about the border,” O’Rourke said, referring to a comment that was made on a previous call. with several mayors of the city. in the whole state. “Here you have the mayor of one of the most important towns on the border, and he hasn’t heard from him.”

During a previous visit to Brownsville, O’Rourke praised the city and Mayor Mendez for their efforts to improve the immigration situation, calling them a model to which other cities should look.

He pointed to the specific policies Mayor Mendez has put in place.

“We have carried out tests to keep our communities safe; we have a system in place to keep our community safe and ensure asylum seekers are safe and give them a chance to achieve the American Dream,” Mendez explained.

Abbott has made frequent trips to the Rio Grande Valley in recent years. He also criticized the policies of the Biden administration which he says are responsible for the increase in illegal immigration.

In response to these policies, Abbott deployed 10,000 National Guardsmen and DPS officers to the border and ordered the construction of a border wall on private and public lands that can be used to stop intruders. Since only federal officials have authority over immigration, O’Rourke said the move was a disastrous blow.

“He takes [National Guard troops] away from their families, communities, careers and jobs, where he withholds their wages, ”said O’Rourke. “It halved their earned tuition, and where we unfortunately and tragically saw the suicide of four of these members of the guard.”


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