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South Texas Coalition of Mayors Backs Biden’s New Immigration Plan – Rio Grande Guardian

EDINBURG, Texas – The South Texas Coalition of Mayors has spoken out in support of President Biden’s new executive order on immigration.

Five members of the coalition were at the White House to see and hear the president make the announcement. They were Mayors Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio, Victor Treviño of Laredo, John Cowen, Jr. of Brownsville, Ramiro Garza of Edinburg and Norma Sepulveda of Harlingen.

The executive order will ban migrants crossing the border between international bridges from seeking asylum when more than 2,500 undocumented migrants pass through per day. The restrictions will remain in place until they fall below 1,500 per day. Migrants crossing at international bridges can still apply for asylum.

“This action will help us gain control of our border,” President Biden said at a press conference held to announce the executive action. “If they (undocumented migrants) choose to come without permission and against the law, they will not be able to obtain asylum and reside in the United States.”

The border mayors were in favor of the new measure.

“It should have happened three years ago, but we can’t really go back in time. I’m just glad that action is being taken,” Mayor Cowen told the Dallas Morning News.

Mayor Garza said, “It was an honor to join my fellow South Texas mayors in representing our city at the White House today as we announced the President’s executive order. I appreciate the administration giving South Texas a voice and bringing these important issues to the table.”

Mayor Treviño was interviewed on MSNBC. He told news anchor Katy Tur that the executive order was a “positive measure” and the “first step” toward immigration reform.

When asked if the measure will work, Treviño said: I think so, because, as I said, there is nothing better than living and working on the border to know what reality is. And we know this will have an impact.”

Treviño said when it comes to border security, his city has a good relationship with Mexico and Nuevo Laredo. “We have a great collaboration. That’s why Laredo is one of the safest cities in the United States. And that has to do with the binational cooperation with our counterparts in Mexico and Nuevo Laredo. It has to do with the presence of Border Patrol.”

Tur pointed out that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus have spoken out against the new executive order.

“Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I think that, in our way of life, our reality that we see here, it is a positive measure. I think we need to follow the laws and allow immigration to proceed in an orderly manner, rather than what it is at the moment.”

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