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Texas Dem mayor loses it over border crisis, calls for federal government to take immediate action


'We are sick and tired of the deaf ears'

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The mayor of a Texas border town whose city has been overwhelmed by illegal immigration is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to alleviate the growing crisis.

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During a June 8 meeting with the staffs of Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Mayor Bruno Lozano (D) of Del Rio, Texas, castigated the federal government for abdicating their duty to combat illegal immigration.

"We're frustrated. We're extremely frustrated," Lozano said. "Our priorities on the city council are our streets, are our parks, are the economy, are the drive of the community and the places of worship and the places to have leisure activities. It is not the priority to solve immigration."

He went on to say that local officials will no longer stand for having the responsibilities of the federal government — such as addressing immigration, refugees, and asylum-seekers — dumped on them.

"It is not our purview; it is not our jurisdiction. It is your job to ensure that you convey the frustration that I share with you all to ensure that our representatives at the federal level are hearing it," Lozano explained. "It's falling on deaf ears, and we are tired of it. We are sick and tired of the deaf ears."

Not only are local concerns falling on deaf ears, but Lozano voiced frustration that Texas lawmakers — specifically citing Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz (R) — have not visited his city to see firsthand the struggle his city faces.

"They need to see firsthand what's going on. They need to understand the frustrations that the commissioners, or that the city council, the school board, the hospital officials are managing [and] having to deal with," Lozano charged.

Lozano's frustrations are more than palpable. His city has felt the brunt of a recent surge of illegal immigration, specifically with migrants from Africa.

Because of the federal government's apparent abdication of responsibility, local governments have been forced to manage the immigrants themselves.

San Antonio is perhaps feeling the brunt of the crisis because migrants not placed in immigration detainment centers are being shipped to the city before they travel to other U.S. cities.

(H/T: Conservative Review)

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