Democratic Texas border mayor urges Biden and Harris to respond to influx of migrants: ‘We would like more attention on this’


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The mayor of a Texas border community said Friday it was “disappointing” not to hear from the federal government, President Biden or Vice President Harris talking about the border crisis.

Rolando Salinas, the Democratic mayor of Eagle Pass, joined “Fox & Friends” to address the Biden administration’s lack of support for securing the southern border.

The mayor described his city as a “hotspot” for illegal immigration.

“We would like our president and vice president to pay more attention to this,” he told Pete Hegseth.

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Meanwhile, Texas takes the place of the federal government to mitigate the crisis.

An effort to counter illegal immigration in Texas will receive an additional $500 million through the end of the year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced last week.

The money will be redirected from state agencies to Operation Lone Star, which went into effect a year ago. The program is a joint mission between soldiers and National Guard soldiers with the state Department of Public Safety.

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“Texas won’t sit on the sidelines because President Biden continue to turn a blind eye to the crisis on our southern border,” Abbott said in a statement Friday. “The safety and security of Texans is our top priority, and we will continue to fight to keep our communities safe. This additional funding ensures the Lone Star State is fully equipped to provide Texans with the border security strategy they demand and deserve.”

Since Operation Lone Star, the DPS has made over 14,000 arrests, including over 12,000 for alleged crimes.

On the morning of Wednesday May 4, a group of more than 10 migrants crossed the Rio Grande River at Eagle Pass on their way to the United States

Salinas said the influx of migrants affects its citizens on a daily basis.

“It’s become something of a normal thing in the town of Eagle Pass, Texas. We’ve had so many calls and of course our police department has to respond to all those calls. So, in turn, we have seen an increase in crime in In addition, our fire department has to respond to many calls of people drowning in the [Rio Grande] river, people who need help,” he explained.

The self-proclaimed moderate Democrat said his small town of about 30,000 people lacked the resources to handle rising illegal immigration.

“We have asked for help from the federal government. We need more help from them. I am very grateful for the work that Border Patrol is doing,” he added.

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Salinas stressed the need for the Biden administration to escalate the crisis, warning that the end of Title 42 will only make the issue more difficult to manage.

“We expect thousands more people to arrive … at Eagle Pass,” he said, adding that the administration’s plan announced by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas does not specify how migrants will be “barred” from entering Texas.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report


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