The Rio Grande Valley delegation of the Texas Legislature stands opposed to President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency for a non-existent border crisis. We are concerned that this latest effort by the president to propagandize the situation on the Texas-Mexico border only seeks to misconstrue the current situation on the border, and could actually lead to federal dollars being moved away from proven strategies of border control to solutions that are being driven by the politics of our president.
President Trump was elected on a campaign promise to build a border wall, without using taxpayer dollars. He has failed to accomplish that promise. President Trump spent the first two years of his presidency with control of both houses of Congress, yet failed to reach any solution working within his own party.
As border Texans, we are worried that this contrived national emergency could entail the taking of private property through eminent domain. We are concerned that the current process for eminent domain will not properly protect the rights of Texans, many of them who have owned this property since before the founding of this great state.
We hope and pray for a time when Washington, D.C., works more closely with communities on the border, to deal with the very real problems in our current immigration system and border security strategy. Yet, we will not support President Trump’s attacks on the border when the cities we represent are some of the safest in the country.
State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, District 20-McAllen
State Rep. Ryan Guillen, District 31-Rio Grande City
Rep. Oscar Longoria, District 35-Mission
Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr., District 36-Palmview
Rep. Alex Dominguez, District 37-Brownsville
Rep. Eddie Lucio III, District 38-Brownsville
Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez, District 39-Weslaco
Rep. Terry Canales, District 40-Edinburg
Rep. Bobby Guerra, District 41-Mission