Del Rio, Texas is a small city located in the central western part of the state near the Mexican border. Like the rest of Texas, this community is reeling from the effects of the freak storm that knocked out power for millions of residents earlier this week.
The Biden Administration’s recent renewal of the “catch-and-release” policy has added to the burden on officials in the border communities during an already tough time. And, in the video below, recorded on Wednesday, Bruno Lozano, Del Rio’s Democratic mayor, calls on President Joe Biden to stop releasing illegal immigrants into his city.
“I am pleading and requesting with you to please put a halt to any measures regarding the release of immigrants awaiting court dates into the city of Del Rio and surrounding areas,” Lozano began. “We do not have the resources available to house and accommodate these migrants within our community.”
“I will have no choice but to use the extreme measures under the emergency declaration as the mayor of the City of Del Rio, Texas, to refuse the entry of migrants awaiting court dates into the city of Del Rio,” he warned. “If you do send these individuals into our community, we will be forced to make a decision to leave them without resources under these dire circumstances.”
“I am asking [you] to please stop. Please make another plan for this federal issue,” he requested.
“If you are going to allow these individuals into our community, I respectfully ask that you please provide the means and the supplies necessary to accommodate them safely under these extreme circumstances,” he told the President. “Due to the crisis, we cannot provide these supplies.”
“We are asking for supplies, water and … equal distribution of electrical power in our community.”
“We have been outsourcing dialysis treatments for our in-need persons in our community. We have had to relocate the elderly who are in need of power for oxygen tanks. We are completely and utterly spread thin with resources for our own community. With the extreme weather conditions and icy roads, we are limited with what we can bring in to our community.”
Lozano elaborated on conditions in the city. “Our nonprofits, our churches are running thin with resources to provide to our very own citizens. Additionally, we have been burdened with the inadequate communication systems throughout the entire area, which has impacted our ability to respond and coordinate limited resources and distribution.”
The mayor is also concerned over the release of migrants who have no protection against COVID-19 among Del Rio residents.
“This administration has taken a firm stance on COVID-19 protections for Americans,” he reminded Biden. “I am asking you to ensure the health and safety of all of our taxpaying citizens along the border are treated with the same urgent consideration. Releasing the migrant population without any COVID-19 protection protocols is undermining your commitment to this stance against COVID-19.”
“I cannot mix the migrant population with Del Rio residents that are extremely vulnerable and have been displaced due to the extreme weather.”
“We may be a small town that is off of your radar, but we have [a] community of 50,000 people who need your attention. We are requesting that you please listen and that you please come through. Thank you, Mr. President.”
t’s unknown whether or not the Biden Administration responded to Lozano’s appeal for help.
Lozano made headlines two years ago. He may be young and liberal, but according to The Blaze, in June 2019, he was angry that that government hadn’t taken a “more proactive role in protecting border towns from the effects of illegal immigration.”
The report said the central, western part of the state where Del Rio is located had become “one of the fastest-growing smuggling routes and is also the primary route of African migrants coming from countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
With the Biden Administration’s reversal of the Trump Administration’s policies that brought the border crisis under control, we can expect conditions to deteriorate. And it will be up to Lozano and other local officials to sound the alarm.
The Hill reported that Biden might visit Texas “as early as the middle of next week.”
When asked at the White House about visiting the state, Biden said, “I had planned on being in Texas the middle of next week, but what I don’t want to be is a burden. When the president lands in any city in America, it has a long tail, and they’re working like the devil to take care of their folks.”