A radio station recently interviewed a mayor of a Texas border town that has seen the migrant crisis up front. Morning show WBUR which is out of Boston spoke to Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano who shared details on what the city has been dealing with.
Del Rio is a small city along the Texas-Mexican border and has a population of 34,673. The city is 152 miles west of San Antonio.
Under the Trump administration, Del Rio was seeing various groups of migrants enter the city. The city has seen migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Congo, Colombia, and Haiti.
Part of the mayor’s response in the interview is included below.
Mayor Lozano said:
“The Border Patrol right now is so overwhelmed with the influx of migrants in the Del Rio sector, we have about 2,000 to 3,000 at any given moment in detention. These individuals behind me are not in detention. They're just waiting to get detained to continue their process into the Border Patrol custody.”
After President Joe Biden visited another border town, El Paso, on January 8 this month where he was greeted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott who handed him a letter addressing his concerns. Mayor Lozano was pleased. However, the mayor felt the president should have visited the border town much earlier.
“I just feel I mean, I do welcome the president's visit to the border. I feel like it was needed a lot sooner than later. But I welcome the administration to actually visit the border communities. I think a lot of us border mayors or former border mayors kind of took a better breath. I mean, a breath of fresh air that, okay, it's finally or at least recognizing that there's a situation going on, whether they want to call it a crisis or a surge or what have you, it's irrelevant. There is something going on at the border.”
To read the entire interview, you can go here.
This is another video with Mayor Lozano explaining the situation in Del Rio.
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