RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – He’s getting people over to his party.
The Democratic mayor of a southern border city says he is outraged by the Biden administration’s handling of the immigration crisis in his backyard, and is “pleading” with Washington to do more to stop the flow of migrants arriving in your little town.
“He has a gap in national security levels that has never been seen before in modern history and he doesn’t even flinch, he doesn’t even call it a ‘crisis,’ he calls it in quotes defiance,” Mayor Bruno told The Post on Sunday. Lozano, a Democrat representing Del Rio, Texas.
“It’s a slap in the face.”
Lozano, 38, represents the small place of just over 35,000 residents and has been trying to get President Biden’s attention since February.
Just before a historic winter storm that left millions without power and killed 57 hit the state, he sent a video to the president asking him not to send migrants into the community because he did not have the necessary resources.
“Mr. President, my name is Bruno Lozano, Mayor of the City of Del Rio, Texas, and I beg and request that you please end any action regarding the release of immigrants pending court dates in the city of Del Rio and its surroundings. ”, Lozano says while playing images of the empty store shelves and the lines of the grocery stores in the background.
“We do not have the resources available to house and accommodate these migrants within our community… If they send these people to our community, we will be forced to make the decision to leave them without resources in these dire circumstances. I ask you to stop doing it, to make another plan for this federal problem. ”
Despite her best efforts, Lozano said the request “fell on deaf ears” and more than a month later, the only thing that has changed is the number of migrants entering her small community, which currently stands at around 150 per day.
“I am not trying to demonize the humanitarian aspect in any way, but my responsibility is to the city of Del Rio and the residents of Del Rio, Texas, my responsibilities are to the American people who elected me,” Lozano explained.
“Nobody really wants to address the problem, you are tolerating illegal behavior, period. There is a legal way to enter the United States, there is a legal way to seek asylum and it just undermines the entire immigration process. ”
The tough leader, the youngest mayor ever to be elected in the city, is furious that he has to use local budget dollars for an issue he calls a federal problem that has been thrown into the laps of small communities across the city. border.
“It is not even in our budget. Each line item is accounted for in the municipal government, we are very tight on the budget. It’s not appropriate, ”Lozano enraged.
“I’m surprised how disconnected from reality [they are] or maybe they know, maybe they just don’t want to call things by name, you know, because it’s awkward. ”
During the latest spike in 2019, Lozano said migrants were being dumped by the U.S. Border Patrol at a 7-11 convenience store and, although a rest center has since opened in the city, the city remains responsible for migrants once they leave them. off.
Lozano said that every day, migrants are taken to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition, where they have access to services, before boarding flights and buses out of the city. But sometimes, they can’t get tickets and the city needs to find a place to sleep.
“That’s when the logistical nightmare begins, where do they go to sleep at night? That’s the number I worry about every day, ”Lozano said, adding that he uses a basketball court as a makeshift shelter.
“Sometimes migrants are released after hours and there is simply nowhere to put them. I cannot use the civic center because I am using it for COVID vaccines. ”
Earlier this month, two different groups of migrants crossed the pedestrian bridge at the city’s port of entry from Mexico.
Lozano says the influx is a side effect of Biden’s lax immigration policies.
“It’s very selective about who they deport now and let’s face it, the Biden administration sent that message that you know ‘we’re going to reverse this, we’re going to do that,’ and sure enough, in a few days, in a few days, it started happening new “.
“It was completely predictable,” Lozano added, but when he tries to explain what is happening on the ground to the senators, he said “they are shocked.”
“You have this policy in which illegal entry is condoned, criminal activity is condoned, these migrants are using the cartels to cross Mexico and that is a fact and organized criminal activity is increasing because of that,” Lozano said.
“I’m calling you, I’m very frustrated as the mayor of a border city over all of this.”