Leaders from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will tour Border Patrol’s McAllen detention center today to meet with immigrant children from Central America. Among those on the tour will be Bishop of Brownsville Daniel Flores.
Gov. Rick Perry says he is deploying 1,000 National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley. “What we are asking the National Guard to do is to be a force multiplier, to be there as a partner with the law enforcement, something which they have done multiple times before. These are individuals that come from our communities,” Perry said.
Eduardo Campirano, chairman of the Rio South Texas Economic Council, said his group is firmly opposed to the deployment of National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley. “Adding a military presence to our communities will only create an inaccurate image that our safe and viable border region in the Rio Grande Valley is dangerous,” he said.
State Rep. Oscar Longoria has announced that a legislative hearing on human trafficking will be held in La Joya on Thursday. The hearing takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nellie Schunior Central Administration Building in La Joya. Longoria said an estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year.
Mixed reaction to Perry's decision to deploy National Guard Political reaction to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley has largely broken along political lines, with Republicans supportive and Democrats joining Valley community and business groups in opposition.