The mayors comments in support of a border wall drew criticism from local open border groups.
Mission – A delegation from LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) are set to arrive today at Mission City Hall to present a petition to Mission Mayor Beto Salinas objecting to comments he made to the Washington Post, regarding his support of the border wall. In addition, LUPE is petitioning the Mayor to retract his support, demanding that he, and the city council draft a resolution to oppose the border wall. Members of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS), and supporters of border security will also attend to voice their support for Mr. Salinas. The highly suggestive image below, created by LUPE, seeks to draw parallels between President Trump and Mayor Salinas.
A similar demand was issued to the commissioners of Hidalgo County, and last week, the commissioners and County Judge, in an attempt to regain goodwill, reversed course on their support for a border wall/levee system. Prior to their border wall retraction, the commissioners and Judge were under fire from their receiving of campaign contributions from Dannenbaum Engineering, who were set to work on the wall and levee project.
The mayor, one of the many, but vocal proponents of the wall, said this to the Washington Post regarding border security and the impact a wall may have on illegal immigration.
“Everyone who lives along the river is afraid”
“The best thing that could happen to us is that we go ahead and build the fence and see if we can stop some of the illegals from coming across. It’s not just one or two of them, it’s 20 or 30 of them at once, every night.”
These comments drew ire from local open border advocacy groups, who believe Mr. Salinas statement to be insensitive and inconsiderate to the plight of immigrants trying to seek a better life in the U.S. Organizations like LUPE, no longer advocate for “common sense immigration reform” opting now for complete demand for open borders, and decriminalization of illegal immigration.
It remains to be seen if the Mission mayor will reconsider his statements in light of the impending petition. Mr. Salinas has developed a substantial amount of support from citizens throughout Hidalgo County due in part to his opposition to a Healthcare Taxing District, and has just recently penned an op-ed in the McAllen Monitor urging the County Judge and commissioners to place the proposed new County Courthouse cost on a ballot for voters to agree or disagree with pursuing the project.
The petition is expected to be delivered at 4:15 today, at Mission City Hall.