Border Town Mayors Meet with Governor Abbott, Discuss Border Wall, Bathroom Bill and SB 4

AUSTIN, Texas - Eight border town mayors are at the state capitol to meet with Governor Greg Abbott.

 

Mayors from Mcallen, Palmhurst, Mission, Edinburg, Laguna Vista, Palmvalley and Brownsville are at the meeting concerning border security, SB 4, and the bathroom bill. 

 

Before sitting down with the governor the mayors met with State Representative Rene Oliveira. The valley state lawmaker is applauding the Brownsville City Council for taking a stance against the border wall.

 

Oliveira said he supports the resolution approved by Brownsville city leaders. He said he hopes it prompts other city governments in the valley to do the same and send a clear message. A border wall is not needed and not welcomed.

    

"It's unnecessary. It's a waste of money and it sends a very bad message to our Mexican trading partners and to Mexican citizens that we work with. Mexico fought side by side with us in almost every war and we're sending them the message like we need a Berlin wall. I believe in what other leaders are saying that we need to be building bridges not walls."

   

Oliveira said even though it was a promise from President Trump, money from the border wall could be better spent on things like education and health.

 

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that an area along the border near Brownsville will likely see the first construction of the wall starting as early as November.


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